Member Since: 17th Sep 2007
After 15 years in Higher Education both in Business Development and Marketing I set up Customer 1st International in 2005. Through my 7 years of working with the Institute of Customer Service I became a Subject Matter Expert in customer service for Accenture (USA) developing 6 e-learning programmes for Unilever. Last year I launched two accredited, tutor led, on-line awards in customer service based on my two best sellers “The Best Practice Guide for Customer Service Professionals 2006,” and “The Best Practice Guide for Customer Service Managers 2009”.
I specialise in helping organisations, globally, to become more customer focused by helping them to develop customer focused strategies and customising quality learning resources for all their people. I have also written " Welcome Management" and "Lead, Motivate and Succeed" for the English Tourist Council and whilst working with the Institute of Customer Service I initiated ICS Service Focus, two training courses delivered by Business Partners.
This past year my team have worked with Accenture (USA) Unilever plc, BAT and MTN Africa, which is particularly exciting as we are delivering our on-line awards to over 2000 people. I have judged for the National Customer Service Awards and the Tourism South East Awards.
Recently I have been asked to contribute to articles on My Customer.Com and my next 2 speaking engagements are in Africa and Dubai.
I also work for a UK Awarding body writing qualifications. My passion is helping organisations to succeed by motivating and inspiring their workforce to deliver exceptional customer service making a real difference for the business.
Director Customer 1st International Ltd (UK)
14th May 2019
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25th Oct 2010
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3rd Jun 2010
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11th Dec 2009
In the second part of her series exploring best practice in customer service, Stephanie Edwards looks at the challenges in defining and...Management