4 reasons why you should read 'The Power of Moments'

Sometimes you read a book that hits like a bomb. A book that makes you think: I want to remind myself of these words over and over again. I would have to reread this book every now and then, no, every year! The Power of Moments by Dan and Chip Heath is one such book. It is very valuable for both your professional and personal life. To be more precise, this book is a must-read for any CX professional.

Four elements

The Power of Moments is about powerful moments: a meaningful moment contains one of the following four elements:

  • A moment of elevation
  • It allows people to gain insights for themselves
  • It makes you proud or
  • You make a meaningful connection

Of course, a powerful moment can contain more than one of the above elements and even all four.

But why should you read this book? I think it can help you in four ways.

1. For customers: create meaningful moments in your customer journey

By implementing milestones in customer journeys, organizations make a real connection with their (positively surprised) customers. That's what it's all about: making meaningful connections with your customers and delivering value. The best way to do this is to have your colleagues read this book as well and brainstorm about where in the customer journey you can create these meaningful moments. It's a great way to improve your customer journeys and you can be sure of loyal customer ambassadors. This is a serious task for any CX professional!

2. For transformation projects: insights that support your change process

If we want to change the way we work, for example in terms of customer experience, we all know that we can't change our behaviour and culture overnight. This takes time. What this book The Power of Moments makes clear is that you can't change people all at once. But by creating meaningful moments in your transformation projects, you can certainly encourage people to change their behavior. If you let people put it to the test themselves, if they are proud of their work or contribution to the company. Take the time to show that you care about them and are attentive to them. This really helps you make a meaningful connection.

3. For your team: celebrate your team successes

If there's one way to create team spirit, it's by creating meaningful moments. Think of ways to celebrate your team's successes. Don't forget to highlight a team member when he or she has done an excellent job, or simply when it's someone's birthday. This doesn't mean a lot of extra work; Just take the time to really notice people, to have a good conversation. In short: by showing that you care about them, you create a lot of goodwill.

4. For Yourself: Improving Your Personal Relationships

It goes without saying that if you take the time to create meaningful moments in your personal life, you will deepen relationships with other people. Or create such a moment yourself, as I did with my pilgrimage for my 50th birthday. Everyone needs meaningful connections, that's what makes our lives memorable and valuable. But this also applies outside of your personal 'bubble': make time to greet people, smile at people you pass. You can make connections anywhere.

If we all put in our best to create meaningful moments, we would have happy and loyal customers and employees. And not only that. I am sure that we will be able to make this planet a better place for everyone.

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Nienke Bloem is often called the Customer Experience speaker in the blue dress. 

She's a global CX thought leader, educator and a global keynote speaker who inspires audiences with best practices and proven methodologies. She leads a speaking practice, a CX game company and a training business; she breathes Customer Experiences and is author of two CX books.

Her two-day Customer Experience Masterclass is known as the best program to prepare for your CCXP and she is the go-to person for CX leaders who want to advance their leadership and bring direct results from their Customer Experience transformation programs. Since 2020, she hosts a CX Leadership Masterminds program and helps leaders spice up their leadership and deliver an engaging CX Story including a solid CX Strategy. Besides, she is a modern-day pilgrim and found the parallel with leading customer centric transformations. 

With her over 20 years of corporate experience, she speaks the business language. Her keynotes and education programs in Customer Experience are inspiring and hands-on. She is one of the few Recognized Training Partners of the CXPA and it is her mission to Make Customer Experience Work and help you deliver business results.