But there’s another fundamental component covered by SuperHost: appreciating the emotional experiences customers go through.
I was reminded of this “emotional component” a few days ago. Some students asked if they could have a meeting with me. It was a busy day, so I asked them to follow me into my next lecture. I was expecting them to ask me for an extension on a project or some advice on studying for the exam.
I was wrong. One of the girls pulled out some stuffed animals, while another produced a card and a small plant. “We read your blog and we heard you’re having a tough term,” they said. “We want you to know we appreciate you and we hope things are going better.”
With that they left. I was blown away. The card expressed the same sentiment with the added words “You are awesome!”
Of course it brought tears to my eyes. The stuffed animals are for my kids, the plant for my desk, and the card … for my heart.
Working in the service industry, it’s easy to get caught up in scores, and ROI, and the grind … don’t get me wrong, these things are important.
But the heart of the matter is that customers are people, with lives outside the scope of our interactions, who need some TLC from time to time.
I’m confident these young women will make great additions to any tourism team because they have the brains, but more importantly, the heart, to make a difference with our visitors.