By Nancy Friedman, Keynote Customer Service Speaker, Founder, Chairman, Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training

Seems as though most people have them. Stuff that goes through our minds; may mean a lot; may mean nothing. I wrote a few of mine down. Would enjoy hearing some of yours.

* I really have a hard time with the person who says, “Oh, ok” when I’ve just logged a complaint. It’s as though they didn’t hear me. That’s not the right thing to say when I’m not a happy camper.

* Not sure why, but it does bother me when I let someone in front of me in traffic and they don’t wave a thank you.

* Forrest Tucker of F Troop, for those who remember, once told me, “Some folks get overcome with the smell of their own perfume.” Great statement when you realize what he meant.

* Why does the nurse say, “The doctor will be right with you” and then they don’t show up for 45 minutes?

* How about the person who takes the last cup of coffee from the pot and doesn’t make more?

* Ever wonder why some folks aren’t able to laugh at themselves?

* Someone once told me, “Grow old with your audience.” So I update my press picture every 2 years. Makes a big difference.

* It really bothers me when a customer service rep “reads” their message. All it would take to personalize it and have it sound more natural is a few rehearsals. It would make a big difference to everyone.

* Most people aren’t aware you are not married to the voice that came with your automated attendant. You can do it yourself or bring in a fun voice. We find that it’s not always the AA that is the problem – it’s the blah, blah robotic voice folks object to.

* And speaking of automated attendants, are you as frustrated as I am with the “voice recognition” machines? OMG! They seldom recognize anything I’m saying. And by the way, Siri hates me. . .I’m sure.

* I personally don’t believe there is a generational issue out there.

* When I am having trouble speaking on the phone with someone who has an accent from another country, what I tell them is a far cry from what I’m actually thinking. (The old “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”)

* I can’t get my teeth cleaned at the dentist without the gas that puts me out.

* Why do people say “I’ll call you back as soon as possible” on their voice mail message and then don’t?

* If chocolate only came in milk chocolate I’d be so thin. I only eat and like DARK CHOCOLATE.

* Am I the only one who dislikes it when someone helping me on the phone (or in person) is chomping on gum?

* I really wanted to meet Johnny Carson and Johnny Cash.

* When you call to sell me something, why don’t you ever ask me “Is this an OK time to talk?”

* Ladies Only: When your mate/partner/whatever tells you that you look “fine,” why doesn’t that sound good enough?

* Why don’t people know the difference between their, there & they’re and you’re and your?

* Why don’t some people wash their hands when leaving the restroom? Don’t you just want to yell out, “Hey you, excuse me . . . come back; you forgot to wash your hands.”

* I wonder why owners and managers don’t call their own companies to see how their customers are handled.

* Men Only: What’s with the not asking for directions? Who started that one? That’s sad. You’d get here twice as fast if you’d only ask.

* Why do they ask, “Can I take a message” and you say, “Yes” and start giving a message and they say, “Wait, I gotta get a pencil.” Duh!

* If you’ve never seen “Jersey Boys,” add it to your to do list. Great show!

* Why do they call it ‘common sense?’ Common sense isn’t so common.

* Why don’t people send handwritten thank you notes anymore?

* How come no one ever thinks ‘they’ are the rude ones?

* Why don’t you leave your phone number TWICE and SLOWLY on voice mail instead of rattling through it?

* Are you noticing it’s not just the kids who walk and text and don’t look where they’re going? The big folks are just as guilty.

* Hey, wanna go for a bike ride?

Nancy Friedman

Nancy Friedman

Communication and customer service expert Nancy Friedman, The Telephone Doctor, founder and chairman of Telephone Doctor Customer Service Training, is back in the saddle again. Well, back into live onsite programs, and still offering her ZOOM programs, in a cost saving manner. Whichever you choose, onsite or Zoom, you’ll be glad you did. The reviews are excellent, and audiences have loudly applauded her in either area. Sales, customer service and communication skills are her area of expertise, and she welcomes calls, texts, or emails. You can reach her directly at; through the website at, where you can sign up for her newsletters; or call/text directly at 314-276-1012 central time. Bring it on. Whether you need a keynote speaker or workshop/breakout speaker on customer service and communication skills, you’ll make a great choice.