I recently experienced an insult from one of my clients/callers. It was actually a transferred call from the customer care department. The customer was already blowing his top and he got more aggravated when I handled the call.
He doesn't like the idea of talking to so many people and being transferred several times. Before I even ask how can I help, he started saying how incompetent my company is. How inefficient all the employees are.
I let him talk for as long as he wants. He threatened me by saying he is going to close his account and he will make sure that I will get fired from the company for not giving good customer service. He cursed, I received all the insults, I heard his screaming and shouting on top of his lungs. I embraced them all. He noticed I just kept listening and never butt in.
After he got tired of talking, I asked again how can I help. The issue was so easy. He requested for a replacement card and wanted it delivered to his doorstep real soon. I told him I can definitely do it. I can expedite issuing a new card for him. I gave him my name and my employee id# to let him realize that I am not lying. He then realized how stupid he was for getting mad unnecessarily. He ended the call by apologizing to me.