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Phonetic Alphabet – why every call centre agent should use one

There are some amazing technology, training methodologies and processes that will help you develop an award-winning customer experience but sometimes it’s the things that don’t cost a cent that is the most important.

A Phonetic Alphabet is a great way to improve professionalism, improve data accuracy and even make your call centre more efficient.

What is a Phonetic Alphabet?

Its the universally recognised “A for Alpha, B for Bravo, C for Charlie” alphabet also known as the military alphabet, spelling alphabet, NATA phonetic alphabet or “that thing where you use the names to spell the words”.

What does a Phonetic Alphabet do?

In short, it makes conversing with a customer a whole lot more professional when trying to spell out words using an internationally recognised alphabet.

It also saves your staff improvising with the classics like “D” for Dog, ‘C’ for Cat or some more concerning ones like ‘n’ for knife, or ‘s’ for champagne…

What are the benefits?

Aside from sounding a lot more professional, using a phonetic alphabet will increase the accuracy of your information, decrease Talk Time and reduce customer frustrations which in the call centre world, are all pretty important outcomes.

The Phonetic Alphabet:

If you’d just like to know what a Phonetic Alphabet it is, here it is:

A – Alpha

B – Bravo

C – Charlie

D – Delta

E – Echo

F – Foxtrot

G – Golf

H – Hotel

I – Indiana

J – Juliet

K – Kilo

L – Lima

M – Mike

N – November

O – Oscar

P – Papa

Q – Quebec

R – Romeo

S – Sierra

T – Tango

U – Uniform

V – Victor

W – Whiskey

X – X-Ray

Y – Yankee

Z – Zulu

Phonetic Alphabet Download

Download our Phonetic Alphabet that prints three different sizes on one A4 sheet of paper so you can easily cut out the suits that suits your desk, phone, screen etc.

Phonetic Alphabet

Filesize 118 KB
Version v2
Date added January 7, 2019
Category Tools
Tags CX Central

Get Creative!

You can print off big pages to represent each letter, paint it on the walls, use it as your desktop screen, print it in on a mouse mat – there are lots of ways you can get creative to ensure everyone learns the Phonetic Alphabet in your call centre!


The phonetic alphabet painted on a wall
Get Creative! Paint your phonetic alphabet painted on a wall