148: Find Out What Dating and Customer Service Have in Common

Uncover the secrets to fostering unbeatable customer service and leadership skills with Lakshmi Rengarajan, a dating industry researcher.

This episode of The Customer Service Revolution explores the surprising similarities between dating and professional relationship-building. Discover how mastering connections is about finding love and inspiring teams, retaining employees, and revolutionizing customer engagement. From the power of presentation skills to the challenges “accidental managers” face, we delve into the importance of leadership development and the influence of strong relationships at the core of successful businesses.

Venture with us into online dating, where the swipe-right culture has more in common with customer service than you might think. We analyze dating app design and the influence of e-commerce principles on our interactions, questioning if our quest for love is turning into a transactional game. Lakshmi and John unpack the generational shifts in dating culture, from Gen Z’s technological prowess to the diverse experiences of those aged 45 to 59, and how these differences shape relationships in both personal and professional scenarios. 

As Lakshmi and John’s conversation comes to a close, we explore rapport-building and its resemblance to professional networking. The discussion spans the emotional investment involved in dating apps, the power of the “get to” philosophy in personal and work life, and crafting effective communication. We share tips for elevating your social presence at events and valuing every interaction.

If you’re ready to revolutionize how you connect with others and elevate your leadership game, this episode promises to arm you with strategies and a fresh perspective.

Here are just a few takeaways:

  • The relationship-building parallels between dating and professional environments
  • Online dating dynamics, including the impact of app design and e-commerce principles on interpersonal connections
  • Generational differences in dating habits and their influence on professional relationships
  • The emotional toll of online dating, preparation for dating apps, and the crossover of personal online personas to workplace interactions
  • Human interaction at events and the necessity for organizations to truly value and reward people skills
  • A comparison of effective communication strategies in both customer service and dating
  • The “get to” philosophy that encourages a mindset shift to view daily activities as opportunities rather than obligations

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About The Author

John DiJulius

John R. DiJulius is a best-selling author, consultant, keynote speaker and President of The DiJulius Group, the leading Customer experience consulting firm in the nation. He blogs on Customer experience trends and best practices.