Tell the person what you think the answer might be.
Refer the person to your supervisor.
Say that you are not allowed to give out that information to the public.
Inform the person that you don't know but will find out.
Assume that his is just blowing off steam and ignore his complaints.
Check into the legitimacy of the complaints.
Ask for advice from your supervisor on the best way to handle the person.
Regard the complaints as accurate and take immediate steps to correct them.
Length of the call.
Name of the caller
Time of the call
Telephone number of the caller
Simply be patient with her.
Tell her the reasons why your office needs the information.
Suggest that she can contact her state legislators if she wants to change the law.
Say that you cannot process her application until all the forms have been completed.
Ignore her and continue to assist the client.
Get on the phone and request assistance from a department administrator.
Say, "Now Mrs. W., I said I'd be with you as soon as I could. Now please let me finish."
Ask another employee to help the client while you escort Mrs. W. to a room away from the public area.
Do not get involved in the situation.
Quickly take your boss aside and provide the correct name.
Wait until the client leaves, and then provide your boss with the correct name.
Give the individual the correct name, and explain that your boss was not aware of a different person being responsible to provide the information.
I'd work with him for as long as it takes.
10 minutes or so; I'd go through it once as quickly as possible and then hang up.
About half an hour; I'd make sure he understands at least the basics.
None at all; I'd get frustrated the first time he says "I don't understand."
I let him/her finish the story, without interrupting.
I let him/her finish the story without interrupting, but can't help glancing at my watch.
I ask him/her to get to the point of the story.
I interrupt by asking, "Does this story have a point?"
I would tell him/her right away that s/he is getting on my nerves because of X personality trait that I don't like, and that s/he should leave me alone.
I would hold it in as long as possible and then finally snap, telling him/her to get out of my face.
I would avoid that person until s/he got the point that I need a break.
I would explain that I am feeling overwhelmed with work/school/life and need a break from social obligations to be by myself for a while.
I would explain what is bothering me, and ask for some time to myself.
Lower my voice to an ominous whisper.
Maintain a normal voice level.
Raise my voice slightly.
Raise my voice level markedly.
I brush them off - I just wouldn't have the patience to carry on.
I become very impatient and it's probably obvious.
I become impatient and it may show.
I may become impatient but I try not to let on.
I adjust my speech to their level.
I keep myself from finishing his/her sentences.
I try not to finish his/her sentences but do not always succeed.
I can't help finishing his/her sentences.
I finish his/her sentences for him/her.
I usually give in and let the other person have his/her way.
I prefer "give and take".
I try to push for a win on my part but if it is not in the cards I can accept a compromise.
It's my way or the highway.
I can "agree to disagree". I accept that other people have different viewpoints than my own.
Even though I usually think I am right, I can accept that others have different viewpoints.
I find it extremely difficult to accept that others have different viewpoints than my own and that we could both be right.
Despite the intention to go ahead with the request, I just can't follow through with it.
I will make an attempt and I will be convincing.
I try to do my best to "pull it off".
I "pull it off" effortlessly.