'So, My Garage Door Opener Was
Noisy' (A Voice Over Story, Really)
By Rick Gordon
Voice Talent & Owner
Commercial Voices.com & e-Learning Voices.com
The house was nine years old when we bought it.
A baby in house longevity I would think, and according to the home inspector a real gem, high quality construction throughout.
Nice sunken living room with a vaulted ceiling. Three bedrooms and a rec room to die for - huge and well laid out.
A river in the backyard and the 1.5 acre property offering really nice breathing room for two and Benji the Beagle.
A double-car garage-plus, which easily fits the compact and full size chariots along with plenty of room for a professionally built 5X8 trailer.
A NOISY OPENER
But one of the two garage door openers was a little noisy ... well OK, a lot noisy. I thought, good luck, with a nine-year old house, what would you expect?
So the first thing that came to mind was to call the company that made the garage door openers.
WOW. A manual and an 800 number. Why not? Who knows?
As you would expect, I was put on hold for 10 minutes-plus, and then this young lady answers and says, "Chamberlain Doors, how may I help you?"
So I gave her my story, and she said, "No problem, sounds like the opener has been neglected and needs a little TLC."
But, I said, "I bought the house last year and it is nine years old. Do you mean the openers are still under warranty?"
She responded, "Sure, it is still covered. Do you have some basic mechanical stills and a few tools?"
"Yup. I'll get my step ladder and tools together and call you back. Is that OK?"
She says, "Why should you have to call me back? You waited over 10 minutes for me to answer your call. The least I can do is wait a few minutes for you to get ready for the repair."
ARE YOU KIDDING?
I was astounded!
"You've got to be kidding. You will do that for me?"
"Sure I will," she says. "I'll be right here waiting."
So off I went as fast as I could. This is unbelievable.
WALKED ME THROUGH
Picking up the phone, "Sorry for all the noise," I said. "I was dragging the ladder and setting it up."
"No problem at all, Rick. So are you ready for the repair?"
She walked me through every adjustment. I'm sure it took 45 minutes or so, and when we were done I was so pleased.
In addition to the door working better and more quietly - which she could hear and testify to - I could not believe any company would go to these measures for someone who bought a used home and may or may not be a future customer.
Who were they? They are in Illinois, USA. I am in Ottawa, Canada. They cared.
VOICE OVER LESSON
OK, nice, what the %^%$# does this have to do with voice over? Nice of you to ask.
A few weeks ago, I was asked to do some repairs to an old voice project, which had some script changes for an e-learning company that I dealt with for 4 years ago.
I could have treated this opportunity as a new customer and charged top dollar since we parted ways long ago.
But I thought of Chamberlain Garage Doors.
WHAT SERVICE MEANS
Could they not have done the same thing? I mean, they could have said, "Sorry".
But they didn't, and she did not even give me a sales pitch about replacing the old openers with new ones.
I could have done the same. But my dealings with Chamberlain reminded me of what "service" means.
I completed the repairs and charged the client half of my minimum. The client knew of the discount, and of course was very appreciative.
Chamberlain did not cause my problem, but opted to assist their client. I did the same.
Will this mean future voice over work? Probably.
Do I feel good about this? For sure.
Keep your clients happy. Even when you have an opportunity to rape and pillage, don't do it.
This may be a short life, but at times it's on a long road.
ABOUT RICK ...
Rick Gordon is a veteran voice talent based in Canada, and is also the founder and owner of two major online voice-over marketplaces: Commercial Voices.com and e-Learning Voices.com. Commercial Voices.com was created 10 years ago as the web site where voice talents are "hit and heard." e-Learning Voices.com was introduced in 2008 specifically for e-Learning voice-over projects.
e-Learningn Voices.com: www.e-learningvoices.com
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