Actions speak louder

Remember that old saying? Attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but probably a simplification of the original, the saying is, “What you do thunders so loudly, I can’t hear what you’re saying.” Lost to history is the origin of the underlying principle, “Actions speak louder than words.” Modern communication scholarship confirms that when behavior and words contradict, we believe the nonverbal communication.

That’s why customer service communicates so clearly. When companies declare how important their customers are, and yet their policies and actions say otherwise, then guess what? Continue reading

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