Pareto’s Principle

You’ve probably heard about Pareto’s Principle. It’s the principle that 80% of results come from 20% of the population and it goes across the board with a lot of different situations. If you apply Pareto’s Principle to your business, 80% of your profits are coming from the top 20% of your clients. Top 20% of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Do Your Clients Ever Have Buyer’s Remorse?

Have you ever had buyer’s remorse? You may have made a big purchase or a big commitment to a long term contract.   After you do it, you have that sinking feeling in your gut.  You think, “What have I gotten myself into?”   What if your clients have that feeling after signing on with you? […]

Customer Appreciation is NOT a Sale!

If you search Google or Twitter for “customer appreciation” a lot of what you will find are sales. Dictionary.com defines appreciation as “gratitude; thankful recognition.” Somehow marketers have decided that an invitation to buy stuff at a discount is a form of appreciation. At the end of a customer appreciation sale, the customer spent money […]