|Want to get closer to your clients? Build Trust.
In my concierge business I have been fortunate to work with all kinds of interesting clients from celebrities, pro athletes to prominent businessmen and in every case the building blocks was trust. Today you not only need exceptional skills, innate knowledge and speed of service, you need to earn trust for that lasting relationship. If you want success in any business you must earn trust.
Here are 5 simple secrets to help you build trust with clients.
1.) Be Transparent
Its like dating, you’re not moving in after the first date. The most effective way I have found was to be as transparent as possible, be honest allow yourself to be vulnerable and share openly. It usually takes 5-7 interactions before people feel comfortable with you.
2.) Go the extra mile
The extra mile is what your competition has been doing, Its time to up the milage. There will always be a place in life for someone that says I can do that for you or can I help you with anything else. Always look for ways to help, sometimes its not related to what you do. If you listen carefully your clients will tell you what they like or need, and if you provide it without them asking, they will know you care.
3.) Yes is always the answer
When your clients ask you for something, do you think the word no at any time is the right answer? The only time no is used in my world is when I’m asked to do something illegal or immoral. I always try to up the ante by adding more value to the request or service.
4.) Be Accountable
In this world all you have is your word and if you can’t keep it you don’t have a business. My clients rely on me to deliver, and each time I do it builds trust. I assure every client by my actions and constant updates of my progress. If my clients aren’t satisfied they don’t pay period.
5.) Put yourself in their shoes
Try make decisions from you clients point of view and if your unsure ask. A carpenter always measures twice and cuts once.
Proving yourself trustworthy isn’t easy, but anything worthwhile never is.
Post your comments or insights as to how you build trust, I would love to hear them.