Customer Service or Management Training That Isn't Hype
May 22, 2015 1:07 PM   Subscribe

I manage customer support at an education software company. My company offers to reimburse money spend on tuition and classes, and I’m being highly encouraged to take advantage of it. I can take any kind of management class, or a class about customer service, or something in that vein (though I could probably take something a little out-of-the-box).

However, when I look for these kinds of classes and seminars everything is tripping my scamdar (over-hyped promises to revolutionize your career and the way you support customers, from a guy who once had dinner with the cousin of a middle manager from Zappos).

I would love to learn more, and I know there are things we can do better, but I’m having trouble sorting out the people who want to sell me things, or just take my money, from the people who have interesting and effective things to teach. Do you have any recommendations or suggestions?
posted by Garm to Education (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I can't point to a vendor because I did internal training, but I enjoyed learning about Six Sigma. It teaches you to think about processes, and assess them and measure them, make changes, and implement the changes. There's actual stuff to learn as opposed to a bunch of woo and it's more applicable to customer service than you might think.

Also, a college class on Organizational Behaviors might be interesting.
posted by MadMadam at 1:39 PM on May 22, 2015

Project management?
Service design?
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 3:47 PM on May 22, 2015

Maybe a business degree program at a local community college or state university? Your local colleges can advise you about what may be available for your schedule and interests, and some schools likely have night programs that are designed for people who work full-time.

I'd warn you about for-profit colleges [Inside HigherEd], but it sounds like you already have a well-tuned scamdar [U.S. Senate].
posted by Little Dawn at 8:16 PM on May 22, 2015

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