Paul AinsworthPaul AinsworthMay 9, 2019
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Professionals from across the UK and further afield are continuing to develop their Customer Experience skills thanks to the guidance of renowned CX consultant and author Ian Golding at the CX Professional Masterclass.

The most recent two-day course took place in Stevenage on April 23 & 24th, with attendees joining Ian for an in-depth exploration of CX methods, case studies, and the development of a personal action plan that the delegates will bring back to their respective workplaces.

The Masterclass offers insight into building and delivering effective CX strategies, customer journey mapping, establishing a customer-centric culture, and adopting CX measurement techniques. Meanwhile, the following day saw delegates attend the one-day CCXP Exam Preparation Workshop, with many sitting the exam shortly afterwards thanks to the tuition of Ian, who was the first person in the world to gain authorisation by the CXPA to tutor for their accreditation.

As a result of this unique position, Ian – author of Customer What? The honest and practical guide to customer experience – has personally tutored around one quarter of the world’s CCXPs.

Meanwhile, following the Masterclass, attendees also joined Ian and CXM founder Neil Skehel for an evening at Stevenage’s Sal Thong restaurant for an evening of networking, fun, and of course, delicious Thai dishes.

CX Professional Masterclass attendees with Ian Golding (third from right)

Speaking of their experience, attendees praised the course and the newfound skills that will now help them on their career path.

Irina Mostovaya, Service Owner at cyber security firm F-Secure, said: “The true meaning behind ‘Customer Experience’ is often misunderstood. Ian’s Masterclass introduces valuable tools to create a functioning CX strategy and company culture, whether you are just starting out, or are further into your CX development. Real-life examples, together with 24 years of Ian’s practical experience, are the best reasons to attend the Masterclass and discover that the CX is not just an abbreviation, but a science ‘with a heart behind it’.”

Director at Serbian firm Skills D.O.O. said of the Masterclass: “It was above my expectations, which doesn’t happen often. I was absolutely impressed with Ian’s vast knowledge and experience, and would like him to be my mentor.”

Hope Grant, Customer Services Manager at DMG Events, described Ian’s teaching as “engaging and inspiring”, while Libbi Martin, Senior Marketing Manager at Shepherds Friendly Society, added: “It was a wonderful experience and I enjoyed meeting so many like-minded people.”

The next CX Professional Masterclass will take place in Stevenage on July 8 & 9th, with the CCXP Workshop taking place the following day, July 10th, with an opportunity to take the exam on the same day for those with their CCXP applications accepted and approved.

 

 

 

 

 


Ian GoldingIan GoldingFebruary 7, 2019
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Customer Experience specialist Ian Golding, author of Customer What: The Honest and Practical Guide to Customer Experience, writes for Customer Experience Magazine offering expert insight to help businesses improve their CX offering. 

To ask Ian a question on how to boost the Customer Experience provided by YOUR business, please email your question to editor@cxm.world. The best questions will be featured in future instalments.

Ian also leads the CX Professional Masterclass. Click here for details of upcoming Masterclass dates.

Should any business (irrespective of size) hire an individual who possesses an understanding of the competencies and capabilities required for an organisation to become sustainably customer-centric?

The answer to this is, in my humble opinion, is simple…..YES!

As anyone who has heard me speak, or read my thoughts on the subject of Customer Experience in the past will know, CX is now recognised globally as a bona fide profession. This fact demonstrates that like all professions, there is a ‘science’ that defines the work that someone in a Customer Experience role performs. The ‘science’ is formed of six competencies, established by the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA). These are:

Customer-Centric Culture

Voice of the Customer, Customer Insight, and Understanding

Organisational Adoption and Accountability

Customer Experience Strategy

Experience Design, Improvement, and Innovation

Metrics, Measurement, and ROI

This is a broad set of subject areas that Customer Experience Professionals (CXPs) are expected to have a good working knowledge of. The best CXPs in the world apply the science in a way that is appropriate to every and any situation/scenario they face. If an organisation has an aspiration to become sustainably customer-centric, it will find it extremely difficult to do so if it does not contain the expertise and specialisms to make it a tangible reality.

What official title an organisation gives someone with these skills is actually not that important; what is critical is that the organisation recognises the importance of Customer Experience capability and enables those with the skillset to work alongside their colleagues to drive a cross-functional, collaborative approach to becoming customer-centric.

To find out more about the Certified Customer Experience Professional qualification, visit the CCXP website.

To find out more about Ian’s CX Masterclasses and CCXP Exam Preparation Workshops, click here.




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