Last Impressions

So often we worry about first impressions. We think about how we look, what words we say. What’s the impression we make when we come in contact with someone for the first time? How do prospects or clients perceive us when we come in contact with them for the first time? We want to make […]

Lessons Learned on an Airplane

When was the last time you rode on a commercial airplane? I was thinking about the difference between first class clients and business class clients on the airplane.  First class is where everyone wants to be.  In first class they get preferential treatment in a lot of different ways. They can be the first ones […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Adding Value Through Service

One way to deliver great customer service is to add acts of service into your business interactions with your clients. The book, “The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace” by Gary Chapman and Dr. Paul White shares different ways to express appreciation in a business setting. One of those ways is by performing acts […]

How Do You Make Your Clients Feel?

Think about the last interaction you had with your service provider. Think about how you felt at the end of that interaction. There are three ways you could have felt. You may have had a negative reaction. It may just be a neutral reaction or a positive reaction. These reactions may be random, but as […]

What to do When a Client Leaves

I remember in my business many years ago when I had a client who was a faithful, regular client.  We had lots of work from this client, and then very abruptly they said, “We’re going to cancel and we’re going to do this ourselves.  We won’t be using you anymore.” When you love your clients […]