Innovative Service as a Calliope

share_04 (2)Make my service engaging and colorful. Make it perfectly fit the situation and setting. Compel me to be a part of it, not just a spectator or bystander. Influence me to want more and more of it. Entice me to smile, even laugh. And, make it as nostalgic as an attic souvenir and as fresh as a first trip to Disney World. Make it like a calliope!

Calliopes were a part of the old-fashioned circus that came to my rural town. The circus parade preceded the circus opening. A long line of caged wild animals, funny clowns, beautiful women riding horses or elephants came down Main Street to the thrill of “children of all ages.” The calliope was a giant set of organ pipes on a carved, painted and gilded wagon pulled by two gorgeous white horses. The songs it played were antique sing-a-longs numbers that everyone knew and could join in the singing.

Innovative service is a lot like a calliope. And, here is the best part. The calliope was at the end of the parade so kids fell in behind, continuing to sing, as the followed it to the circus tent. It would have put the pied piper to shame. Innovative service compels customers to follow because they are drawn by the surprise of the experience and the seduction of the invitation. The day the circus opened, all the schools and every business in town closed. Everyone responded to the siren call of the calliope.

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Dr. Chip R. Bell is a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and innovative service. Global Gurus ranked him in 2018 the #2 keynote speaker in the world on customer service; #1 in North America. He also is the author of numerous national and international best-selling books including Take Their Breath Away, Managing Knock Your Socks off Service, Magnetic Service, The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service and Customers as Partners. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages.

His newest customer service book is the award-winning, best-selling book Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles.

Dr. Bell has appeared live on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, Fox Business, ABC, CBS, NPR Marketplace and his work has been featured in Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine, and Fast Company.


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