14 Ways to Ensure Success While Making Debt Collection Calls

Debt Collection Calls

The success of your debt collection efforts often depends on the effectiveness of your phone work. While following the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is an essential part of any debt collection process, the tone, timing, and framing of the collection executive’s conversation can make or break the call.

Having decades of experience in handling debt collection calls on behalf of our clients, Fusion CX has in-depth knowledge of how to improve your debt collection calls.  Here we share a few tips that can help you improve your debt collection efforts:

Tips for Improving Debt Collection Calls

Things to Remember:

While making debt collection calls one must follow the letter of the law stating the best practices for A/R recovery. Apart from the legal ramifications, you must also keep in mind debt collection calls are made on behalf of your business and therefore, you should maintain the professional courtesy on the call. Remember, in this age of social media, one step out of the line can make your brand viral for all the wrong reasons.

Therefore, you must stay positive yet in control of your debt collection calls. A confident tone will earn you a better response from your customers and help you meet your business’s needs without damaging the company-customer relationship.

So, how do you prepare for success while making debt collection calls? Here are some tried and tested tips:

1.    Be Proactive

following up after sending the product or providing service or one or two days before the due date may help you avoid non-payment. Therefore, you must proactively interact with your customers and ask them if everything is satisfactory and whether they have received the invoice.  This will also help you maintain a better customer-company relationship.

2.    Be Prepared

Before making the call, gather and have as much information about your customer and the debt as you can in front of you, including the file and all the invoices at hand. Fusion CX always advocates having all the data at the agent’s fingertip.  It helps them improve the success rate of their collection calls.

3.    Get Your Conversation Pointers Ready

Before making a collection call, you must jot down the pointers you want to talk about in a call.  This will help you stay in control over the conversation and get back on track in case the interaction goes off the track.

4.    Smile During the Call

While the customer can’t see your face, smiling can lighten your tone of voice. This way, you will sound more positive and confident.  Fusion CX has always encouraged its collection agents to smile on call.  It brings a positive impact on the call.

5.    Use the Person’s Name

A person’s name is the sweetest thing to his ears, and addressing by their name adds a personal touch to the call, creating a better customer experience.  However, overdoing it will make the customer feel irritated.

6.    Speak Confidently and Concisely

Conveying a concise message in a confident tone can help you get a better response from your customers. However, you must never get emotional on collection calls, or you will lose control. The other party will take advantage of it.  If you feel emotional, you should wait for a while before answering.

It is difficult to keep emotions at bay, especially when dealing with tricky customers. But a tricky customer can use your emotions against you. For this reason, it is always better to outsource your debt collection service to an experienced debt collection agency.

7.    Listen Carefully but also use Silence to Control the Conversation

You need to be a good listener on a debt collection call. Once you deliver your message in a concise way, you should listen to what the other party has to say in this matter.  However, do not let the other party take control of the call. You can use silence to take control back as and when necessary.

8.    Stay Calm, Even if the Customer Gets Upset

Not all collection calls go smoothly. During some calls, emotions run high, and the customer gets upset.  However, you must stay calm in such situations.  If you get emotional, the purpose of the call will be ruined, and you will have to start afresh.

9.    Take Notes

Documenting everything said, including the customer’s feedback, can help you in case of any dispute.

10.    Don’t Jump to Conclusions

The initial collection call should aim to confirm that the debt has not been paid. This will ensure you are not alienating an otherwise good customer. The unpaid invoice may be a miscommunication and not a collection issue, so you must be careful. During our vast experience in providing debt collection services, we have seen that a mistake from the accounts department can lead to such problems.

11.    Give Options

Suggesting options like paying in installments can help the debtor clear their dues faster. If the person you call agrees to pay by credit card, you must ensure that he/she signs the statement. You can fax them the authorization form and have them fax it back after signing. Do not leave anything to chance.

12.    Get a Commitment

Without a customer’s commitment to pay, the call is potentially wasted. Whether it’s a partial or full payment or a commitment to pay at a certain date is essential for a successful collection call.

13.    Conclude Well

Before ending the call, you must convey the summary of the entire call to the debtor party, including how and when they will make the payment, and, depending on the mode of payment, ask the debtor to confirm when the payment has been made.

14.    Keep in Interaction Open

Someone unable to pay up may be able to pay later, so keep the conversation open. You can also help them figure out how to get the money without paying big interest. This way, you can carry on your negotiation and maintain a good relationship with your customer.

These are some of the tips that can help you make professional-quality debt recovery calls. Are you having problems handling collection calls on your own? Fusion CX can help. We are a licensed debt collection services provider with decades of experience in providing debt recovery services to numerous clients.

Also Read: 7 Advantages of Retaining a Third Party Collection Agency

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