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A complete list of episodes from The CX Leader Podcast.

Here to Help

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Episode #115

Released: May 5, 2020

Companies around the world are having to adjust their operations in response to COVID-19, and customer experience leaders are finding that you cannot continue in a “business as usual” mentality. CX programs need to adapt along with the overall business. While their toolbox might be fairly well-stocked, these unprecedented times are leaving some CX pro’s and executives frustrated on next steps, wondering how to continue to collect insights and feedback while not appearing insensitive to the current global situation. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Brian Stucki, an executive vice president and general manager of Customer Experience Business at Qualtrics, a leading experience management platform, to discuss how companies need to step back from focusing on metrics and look to the "human side" during a crisis.

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How CX is evolving into XM

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Episode #119

Released: June 2, 2020

The customer experience space has experienced a "renaissance" in recent years but now there's a new practice that seems to be taking the spotlight: experience management. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Drew Hall, vice president of advisory services and certified customer experience professional, for a discussion on how experience management - or "XM" - is a more holistic way to view how the customer experience is affected by the experiences of ALL aspects of the organization.

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Human Duct Tape

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Episode #52

Released: January 24, 2019

Pat Gibbons guest hosts this episode with guest Jeanne Bliss, founder and president of CustomerBliss, consultant, and thought leader on customer experience. Jeanne and Pat discussion her books, how she began her career in CX, and how customer experience leaders needs to remember the human side to how they approach CX within their companies.

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Human Resources: the CX Pro’s Partner

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Episode #196

Released: December 14, 2021

The employee experience is becoming more critical in making certain your company has the best possible customer experience. But there’s one department that is critical in establishing and maintaining an effective EX program: human resources. Host Steve Walker welcomes Dr. Cecelia Herbert, a certified experience management professional and a principal XM catalyst for the Qualtrics XM Institute, for a discussion on the importance of building relationships with human resources to improve the customer and employee experience.

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Human-centered Design

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Episode #53

Released: January 29, 2019

Steve welcomes to the podcast Kerry Bodine, founder of Kerry Bodine and Company, to discuss the importance of user- and human-centered design in customer experience and Kerry’s thoughts on trends and how UX is impacting CX today.

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I’ll Be Back

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Episode #184

Released: September 21, 2021

Is your customer loyal to your company, or to your prices? One of the best practices for any company is to create a culture that grows customer loyalty beyond aspects such as price or location. Host Steve Walker welcomes back award-winning keynote speaker, author, and CX expert Shep Hyken, for a discussion about his new book, "I’ll Be Back: How to get Customers to Come Back Again and Again.”

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Immersing in the Customer’s Experience

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Episode #81

Released: August 27, 2019

Building customer empathy is an important aspect to your customer experience program and trying to teach that to your organization is not easy. Steve welcomes Serena Riley, the customer experience senior Manager at LLamasoft, to describe how she used immersive experiences to help employees understand the customer’s point of view within a phase of their journey.

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Improving the patient experience

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Episode #32

Released: August 14, 2018

The phrase “healthcare is broken” is often used to describe the health services industry in America, but what does that mean? Steve welcomes the co-founder and president of OurHealth, Dr. Jeff Wells, and they discuss what it means to provide better experiences for patients and how that compares to the customer experience space.

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Insightful Video

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Episode #152

Released: February 9, 2021

It’s no secret that within the social media and marketing worlds, video is a highly engaging medium. If it works to push your company’s message out to the world, why wouldn’t it work in reverse – as a way to collect feedback from your customers? Host Steve Walker welcomes Jenn Vogel, VP for marketing at Voxpopme, a company specializing in uncovering human insights with video survey software, to discuss using video to gather customer insights.

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Is B2B CX behind B2C?

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Episode #56

Released: February 19, 2019

Steve welcomes back Bob Thompson, CEO of CustomerThink Corporation and is also the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of CustomerThink.com, to discuss the perception of B2B CX trailing in progress from B2C and how B2B leaders see customer experience as an effective way to differentiate themselves within the market.

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It Starts with Employees

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Episode #209

Released: March 22, 2022

The customer experience profession is evolving to recognize the importance of going beyond the customer. If a company’s culture doesn’t include employee experiences then it will be difficult to mature a CX program. Host Steve Walker welcomes Karyn Furstman, vice president and Head of CX Strategy & Solutions at Designit, for a discussion on building a customer-focused culture through employee experience.

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It Starts with the Customer

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Episode #192

Released: November 16, 2021

As a CX leader it is important to better understand and promote the customer experience field within your company. Regardless of profession, there are certain traits and skills common to leaders. But what leadership traits are important specifically to customer experience professionals – what qualities of leadership should you prioritize? Host Steve Walker welcomes Lambert Walsh, senior vice president of customer success at DocuSign, the agreement cloud company, for a discussion on the traits of customer experience leaders.

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It’s “Client” Experience

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Episode #101

Released: January 28, 2020

Every company has their own unique set of challenges when it comes to providing an exceptional customer experience, and financial services companies are no exception. Regulatory pressures, compliance, and risk management review are just some of the obstacles CX pros in this industry must maneuver, but according to this episode’s guest, that’s not an excuse to provide anything less than a stellar “client” experience. Host Steve Walker welcomes Dan Brousseau, senior vice president and head of client experience at City National Bank, a Los Angeles-based company and subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada, to discuss customer experience in the financial services industry.

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It’s a Great Time to be a CX Leader

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Episode #200

Released: January 18, 2022

In the 200th episode of The CX Leader Podcast, host Steve Walker and guests Sonya McAllister and Sean Clayton reminisce on how customer experience has evolved since the podcast began in 2018, how businesses' views and acceptance of CX have changed in those four years, and what customer experience will look like in 2022.

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It’s About People

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Episode #123

Released: June 30, 2020

As the CX industry continues to evolve, we learn more about the importance of a holistic experience across several aspects of the company – the new “experience management”, or “XM”, model. An important piece of XM is the relationship of how the employee experience drives the customer experience. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Shane Green, a keynote speaker, consultant, television personality, and author of “Culture Hacker: Reprogramming Your Employee Experience to Improve Customer Service, Retention, and Performance” for a discussion on how the employee experience affect the customer experience.

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It’s Gotta Be Seamless

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Episode #247

Released: December 20, 2022

Many have experienced the dreaded "handoff" - that experience where someone calls into support and get transferred multiple times, to the point where frustration compels them to simply hang up. Continuing the series "CX Now: Eight Essential Themes Driving CX Evolution," host Steve Walker welcomes Diane Skirvin, vice president and team lead at Walker, to discuss the importance of making customer experiences seamless.

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It’s Moving Really Fast

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Episode #319

Released: June 4, 2024

If you go back in time 10 or 15 years you'll find it was common for a market research function within a company to send out a single survey each year to all customers asking about their satisfaction with the products and services they interacted with. The field has since greatly evolved as what we now call customer experience regularly receives customer feedback from multiple surveys and unstructured data, and we get that data from across multiple channels. But we still have a lot of evolution left if we want to keep up with the changes our companies are dealing with. Host Troy Powell welcome Isabelle Zdatny from the Qualtrics XM Institute to discuss the evolution of customer experience and experience management.

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It’s not your grandmother’s A.I.

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Episode #109

Released: March 24, 2020

The ability for computers to adapt and respond to real-time data provides value to companies needing to streamline business processes. And CX pros have not ignored the potential for this technology to provide better experiences for their customers. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Sarah Simon, a CX Design Partner for Verizon Business, and Erin Van Remortel, a strategic account executive with Astute Solutions, for a discussion on when A.I. can help - or hinder - your CX efforts.

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It’s Party Time!

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Episode #75

Released: July 5, 2019

Guest host Pat Gibbons welcomes Walker expert Dereck Mobley for a discussion on how customer experiences professionals can plan corporate events around customer feedback to bring better awareness of your company’s CX efforts to the organization.

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