Secrets to a Long and Prosperous Business Life

No one wants to be a “one hit wonder.”  Longevity means you have long-term clients who are staying around for a long time, and a business that is here to stay.  You want clients who aren’t there just for a quick taste of you, but clients who love what you do.  Clients who are your […]

How to Apologize in Business

Every once in a while, something will go wrong in your business. You might make a mistake, a vendor you work with might goof up, but the bottom line is it may cause a problem for one of your clients. It is important to extend a business apology the right way when something goes wrong. […]

Pay Attention to the Details

Pay attention to the details in your business.  They can make or break your business. Getting the details right can mean the difference between getting a job or not getting a job, keeping a great customer and losing a great customer.  You need to remember names, requests, all the details of the interactions that you […]

The Difference Between a Bonus and a Gift

Do you know the difference between a bonus and a gift? You may have seen a sales page or an advertisement on TV where they list all the bonuses that come with your purchase.  A bonus is something that is expected. It’s already been advertised ahead of time and it’s packaged with a purchase. What […]

Give the Gift of Time

There is a series of books that Gary Chapman has written that center around The Five Love Languages. In a nutshell, a love language is the way to give and receive love and appreciation. One of those languages is quality time. Giving your clients the gift of time can help them feel appreciated by you. […]

What to do When Gifts are Illegal!

What do you do when it’s illegal to give gifts? I know that sounds a little extreme, but there are situations where it is illegal for businesses to give gifts.  Most of the time you see this in the medical profession. Whether you’re a pharmacy rep or you work with patients of some sort, the […]

I Have a Confession. . .

I have a confession to make. A long time ago, my mother made me write thank you notes, and I didn’t like it.  Maybe you had that experience when you were a child, too. Here’s the whole story. We had some distant relatives that would send gifts at the holidays for us kids and one […]

To Increase Value Provide a Tangible

If you’re a service provider you probably provide an outstanding service and you do great things to serve your customers. The problem sometimes is that with the service, there is no tangible product. There’s nothing physical left behind. Sometimes clients who work with a service provider can forget about the service that’s been provided. They […]

Is the Customer ALWAYS Right?

You’ve heard the saying, the customer is always right. Sometimes your customer becomes upset and you are right and the customer is the one that is wrong. The philosophy behind this saying is that we need to keep our customers happy. That’s the most important thing. An unhappy customer can damage your business. When a […]

How to Make a Great First Impression on Your Clients

I’m sure you’ve heard about how important a first impression is from the way your look to the words you use when you interact with someone for the first time. People make the judgment on who they think you are and whether they want to work with you as a business person or associate with […]