No answer? No problem! How to Respond Confidently to Any Question

Don't let a tricky call stump you!
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The Ruby® Receptionists team fields lots of questions from callers each day. Many of them our virtual receptionist team can answer (with the help of client-provided FAQs), but some could leave even an in-house receptionist stumped. Although a Ruby phone answering pro may not always have an answer on the tip of her tongue, she’s always ready with a helpful reply.

The next time a caller asks you a tricky question, try using these magic words: let me and I’ll be happy to.

Ruby rule: When we don’t have the answer you’re looking for, we’ll help you find it. Being a stellar receptionist isn’t about knowing all the answers — it’s about helping callers find the info they seek. Beginning a reply with the words “let me” or “I’ll be happy to” lets callers know you’re on board and ready to assist them.

The key to using “let me” and “I’ll be happy to” is to use them instead of negative phrases like “I don’t know” or “I’m not sure.” The fact that you don’t know or aren’t sure isn’t important to your caller. Your desire to help is, so let it show!

When you don’t know the answer to a question, it’s second nature to reply with “I don’t know,” but it’s a habit worth breaking. Check out this exchange:

Caller: What’s Jim’s email address?

Receptionist: I don’t know.

Ouch! That receptionist sure doesn’t sound helpful. Let’s try that again:

Caller: What’s Jim’s email address?

Receptionist: Let me find out!

The “let me” reply is a world apart. Positive replies beginning in “let me” and “I’ll be happy to” are the perfect segue into finding a caller’s answer. What’s more, these great starters work wonders in lots of situations — you don’t have to save them for your next phone call! There are many more like them, too: I can, I’d love to, I’ll be sure to, and the list goes on. The key is to resist the urge to say you “don’t know,” and dive in to finding out.

What helpful phrases do you use on the phone? Share by commenting on this post!

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