Call of the Litany Bird by Susan Gibbs

By Susan Gibbs

As a informed nurse, newly married to the son of the Governor of Rhodesia through the UDI years, Susan writes compellingly approximately mentioning a kin on their farm in Matabeleland in the middle of the unfolding terror and transforming into variety of atrocities. mainly it's a human tale. occasionally surprising and continually relocating, there's additionally heat and humour as Susan creates a gripping photo of the clash and tells of her family's survival while a lot of her neighbors and neighbouring farmers didn't. The booklet is a testomony to the braveness displayed by way of such a lot of those that have been confirmed every day by way of nearly incredible horrors. The Litany fowl is the preferred identify of the Nightjar, a principally nocturnal chicken discovered all through southern Africa. Its haunting name appears like 'Good Lord, carry Us.'

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The noisy one Plenty of volume, fist thumping, table banging, bulging veins but no real cause for complaint. Sounds familiar? These people just want to be heard. They’ve got a bit of a chip on their shoulder. Take them away from the crowd, sit them down (it's harder to get angry then), stay in control and if all else fails say, 'I’m not prepared to listen until you stop shouting'. If need be, call for back-up. 48 DEVELOPING A POLICY TECHNIQUES FOR SPECIAL SITUATIONS Chronic complainers Some people (less than 10%) complain out of habit.

Such an invitation to comment or complain can take the form of something impersonal written on the packaging: Customers who are not entirely satisfied with this product should … (action) Or something very personal, following the example of the Chairman of Pret à Manger food chain who prints his own phone number on the packaging of products! Questionnaires, comment cards, suggestion boxes, exit surveys, market research are all positive ways of encouraging customer feedback. Informal verbal feedback from talking to customers is often the most valuable of all!

HOW PEOPLE COMPLAIN PASSIVE COMPLAINERS x«# * ! ' The latter will only get a yes or no answer. Be open yourself. Let them see that you welcome complaints. If they prefer to put something in writing make it easy for them to do so. Above all, don’t let them store it all up. Who knows what stories they might tell others. 35 HOW PEOPLE COMPLAIN PASSIVE COMPLAINERS x«# * ! TYPE B Type B need more careful handling: ● Don’t be intimidated by the silence; keep asking open questions ● Don’t show any signs of frustration, despair or weakening; that’s just what they want ● Don’t react to the throw-away remarks or sarcastic one-liners – these are designed to throw you off course ● Stick to the facts and keep bringing them back to the facts These people are hard work.

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