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    By: Naomi Karten

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    This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 1994).

    People have expectations. Your clients, for example. Sometimes their expectations of you seem unreasonable. But sometimes your expectations of them seem just as unreasonable (in their eyes).

    The problem is that these mismatched expectations can lead to misunderstandings, frayed nerves, and ruffled feathers. More seriously, they often lead to flawed systems, failed projects, and a drain on resources.

    Managing Expectations shows how to identify expectations and suggests ways to gain more control of them. In today's turbulent business world, understanding and meeting your customers' expectations is indeed a challenge, and it's not hard to understand why: Expectations affect a range of interactions, including service responsiveness, service capability, product functionality, and project success.

    Expectations are difficult to control and impossible to turn off. However, by learning to identify and influence what your customers expect, you can dramatically improve the quality, impact, and effectiveness of your services.

    Contents include sections on communication skills, information gathering, policies and practices, building win-win relationships, as well as a concluding chapter on how to formulate an action plan.

    A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Expectations

    Guard Against Conflicting Messages
    Use Jargon with Care
    Identify Communication Preferences
    Listen Persuasively
    Help Customers Describe Their Needs
    Become an Information-Gathering Skeptic
    Understand Your Customers' Context
    Try the Solution On for Size
    Clarify Perceptions
    Set Uncertainty-Managing Service Standards
    When Appropriate, Just Say Whoa
    Build Win-Win Relationships
    Formulate an Action Plan  

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