We’re almost to the end of your very busy season. These posts have been short and sweet to keep you moving. Hope you have found them helpful.
Here is tip #18 …
I’m talking about your customers. You’re going to get some really rude customers over the next few days.
Some of them are rude people in general. You can ignore them and just be grateful you aren’t living their life. It must be miserable as hell.
Some of them are generally nice people feeling the stress and pressure of the season. You never know what is going on inside someone’s head and heart. They may be worried about the budget and bills they need to pay. They may be mourning a loved one who isn’t with them through the holidays for the first time. They may have problems at work or problems at home. They may be running late or just received bad news. They may have had an Alexander-and-the-Terrible-Horrible-No-Good-Very-Bad-Day kind of day. More often than not, you’re just the straw on that camel’s back. Heck, it might not even be about you at all.
Cut them some slack.
In fact, the best thing you can do is kill ’em with kindness. Go over-the-top out-of-your way to be friendly, nice, and helpful to them.
To the first group who is always miserable, that’s the best way to annoy them, anyway.
To the second group, you just might turn someone’s day around for the better.
That’s called The Christmas Spirit! Spread it far and wide!
PS Have a pep rally with your staff and make the next three days all about killing them with kindness. Be the Joy you want people to have this holiday season.
PPS The rudeness tends to go away on the 24th. I’ve always said Christmas Eve was my favorite day to work retail. On the 23rd it was “my” fault for ruining their Christmas because I didn’t have the one toy little Johnny wanted that he put on his wish list in October. On the 24th they were just happy we were open, that we had lots of toys still in stock, and we gift-wrapped everything for free.