Building personal relationships as an entrepreneur can be difficult at first, but with a strong handshake and some practice you can develop the skills you need to be successful. Here are some tips to help you out.
Be authentic. Don't mislead your clients or customers, even to exaggerate the effectiveness of your products or services. Honesty is one of the most important components to working relationships, and misrepresenting yourself is one of the easiest ways to damage your reputation. Be honest even when you mess up, your client will appreciate your humanity even if they're disappointed by your delivery.
Treat your customers as people. Your customers have feelings and aren't just numbers on a data sheet, and they appreciate being treated that way. As much as possible, remember information about your clients and keep your customers' emotions in mind. If you treat people with empathy and understanding, they will consider you dependable and reliable. One of the past Handshakin Guests once said to find their "thing" and remember it and remember to ask about it to show an interest in their personal life.
Be visible. Remind people that you're around and keep them updated on what you're working on. The more you show up on people's radar, the more opportunities you have to build relationships with them. This played into online presence as well. Blog about your niche, write a book, put yourself out there to prove to your clients you are serious and that you have a lot to lose if you were to mess up.
Authenticity, empathy, and visibility are three important factors when building relationships as an entrepreneur. If you stick to the guidelines outlined in this article, you will have a very good chance at success.
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