12 Days of Christmas Guest Experiences

For all the Connection Pastors, Guest Services Directors, Guest Services team members, and everyone in your church who want to provide a WOW! Guest Experience…

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On the first day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 1 Word that Says it All

On the second day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 2 Feet that Matter in Guest Experiences

On the third day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 3 Actions to Build a Guest Experience Organization with Clarity of Purpose

On the fourth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 4 Guest Experience Core Competencies

On the fifth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 5 Expectations of Disney Service

On the sixth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 6 Disciplines of Guest Experiences

On the seventh day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 7 Guidelines for Guest Services from Disney

On the eighth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 8 Ways for the Introvert to Serve on a Guest Team

On the ninth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 9 Principles of Innovative Guest Experiences

On the tenth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 10 Commandments for Guest Services from Mickey Mouse

On the eleventh day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 11 Reasons to Smile

On the twelfth day of Christmas Guest Experiences…

>> 12 Principles of Guest Experience Leadership

Tonight, Christmas Eve services are a tradition for many churches. Other churches had special worship services or musical events over the past week.

One of the common threads among all of the events is that churches had the opportunity to welcome Guests, regular attenders, members, and family and friends of all these categories.

Your actions and words have a chance to lower defenses to the Gospel, remove barriers to relationships, and establish an expectation that God is with us…

…make them count!

 

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5 Expectations of Disney Service

Having spent 5 days during 3 trips to Disney World in the last 18 months, mostly in the Magic Kingdom and behind the scenes, it’s appropriate that I turn to another former Disney cast member, Bruce Loeffler, for some thoughts about Guest Experiences.

Writing in One Minute Service, Loeffler brings his years of experience with Disney and presents a helpful reminder that organizations of any sizes – including churches – can improve their level of Guest services.

Loeffler served in many capacities while at Disney, and it shaped the development of his current company, Enspiron, and the services it provides.

Taking the Guest perspective, Loeffler defined 5 expectations that Guests have. Although they are not taught as such to cast members, he believes they are the five basic ingredients that most Guests want when they visit Disney – and I agree.

I also happen to think they describe the expectations of Guests coming to your church this weekend.

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On the fifth day of Christmas Guest Experiences, your Guest Experience peers give to you:

The Five Expectations of Disney Service©

  • Excellence – Guests want quality service from you. They want to know your organization strives for excellence and its team members are providing their best effort.
  • Experience – Guests want their visit to be enjoyable and fun. They want to be treated as someone special and to leave with a positive experience.
  • Expediency – Guests want knowledgeable team members who are efficient and able to facilitate their needs with ease and in a timely manner.
  • Enthusiasm – Guests want team members who are out-going, friendly, personable, courteous, and who truly enjoy helping others.
  • Empathy – Guests want team members who can respect and relate to them and will take ownership to resolve problems quickly when they occur.

There is no magic formula for why Disney is so effective. But from my experience, it is successful because Disney creates a model and an image of what excellence should look like; establishes high standards for cast members to aspire to; and then trains each cast member to achieve those expectations.   – Bruce Loeffler

Do you know what your Guests are expecting this weekend?

inspired by and adapted from One Minute Service, by Bruce Loeffler

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