A master marketer and networking expert shares his five best tips for building stronger, more meaningful, trust-based business relationships. I've always felt that building relationships is the most important aspect of building a So I invited some girlfriends in business to come with me, and I value, such as through sharing articles he found relevant,” says DiMatteo. The working relationships that keep clients coming back repeatedly are all built on small, shared rituals.
Explaining to the client what you did, why you did it, and how you came to your decisions will help them feel knowledgeable and in-the-loop. Be Open In order to build a strong and lasting relationship with clients, they must be able to trust and rely on you as an expert.
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It can be tempting to want to appear agreeable and avoid uncomfortable confrontation by telling a client what you think they want to hear or withholding your true opinion about their project. However, these practices are not only counterproductive, but can also damage your reputation with the client, decreasing your chances of a lasting relationship. By confidently expressing your honest opinions, clients will respect your initiative and desire for excellence.
Exceed Expectations One of the best ways to help build a strong relationship with a client is to develop a reputation as an independent consultant who delivers exceptional results. By setting reasonable expectationsyou give yourself the opportunity to completely impress the client with the final project and position yourself as someone they would like to continue to work with.
Consider your client and determine what would be valuable to them. It could be as simple as delivering the project in an aesthetically pleasing format, hand-delivering the materials and giving an in-depth walkthrough or demonstration, or including a small value-adding feature that enhances the finished results. For loyal clients, a token of appreciation and thanks after key business milestones or around the holidays can be an unexpected pleasure that strengths your professional relationship.
The key is to find the opportunity to go above and beyond in a manner that your clients will appreciate.
Client reporting is also key to developing a great relationship with clients.
To learn more, read our 7 Tips for Writing a Client Report. Getty Images Unfortunately, people who are great at inventing things, and have high creativity, often don't have strong interpersonal skills or interests. As a mentor to aspiring entrepreneursI see a high level of frustration from people in this category who have personally developed great solutions, but can't make them into a business.
They don't realize that running a business requires relationships.
I strongly believe the talent to effectively build relationships can be learned, just like any other skill, even if you are an introvert like me.
It does take effort and focus, just like learning other skills that you need to achieve objectives you have set. In business, you need to build relationships with a wide range of people, including investors, peers, employees, and of course customers.
These executives from Gallup bring together their best data from business professionals around the world, to offer the following strategies for stepping our relationship results up a notch: Build new relationships by diversifying your networks.
Force yourself to go beyond people in your immediate circle, and those you know well, to contact and nurture a real relationship with at least one supplier, a customer, and a competitor.
The next step is to seek out relevant people from unrelated organizations, such as media and government.
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Give as much as you expect to get from every relationship. Effective relationships in business require reciprocity - not a one-way half-hearted effort.
Offer and deliver help, connect people with each other, or share industry or nonprofit-sector information. Only then will you feel satisfaction and find others willing to respond when you need help.
Selectively spend quality time on key relationships. Spend time with your most important customers, your most productive employees, and leaders who can make the most difference to your organization. These relationships will generate returns in the immediate future and in the long run.
Avoid the trap of idle discussions and ego building. Keep your focus on the local social and business landscape. Pay attention to bonds, loyalties, and networks that characterize your community.
Recognize the norms, values and preferences that shape the behavior of the people you need.