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Be A Joy To Work With: How To Build Relationships In Business (Authentically!)

When it comes to client-based work, your relationships are your secret weapon. While delivering expert services well is obviously your bread and butter, building strong relationships and being a joy to work with will take your business to a whole new level.

some tips in the art of becoming a person others are excited to work with.

Show some love with follow-up thank you emails or calls:
Who doesn’t love a good dose of appreciation? After wrapping up a project or acing a service, don’t forget to send a follow-up thank you email or make a good, old-fashioned phone call. Go beyond a simple “thanks” and let them know what made working together so enjoyable. Share how their collaboration energised you and contributed to the success of the project. Authentic gratitude is the name of the game!

Gift-Giving Game small but mighty

Everyone loves surprises. Show your clients some love by sending them a small gift that packs a punch. There’s no need to break the bank here. It’s all about the thoughtfulness. Take a moment to think about their interests or hobbies, and pick a gift that shows you “get” them. Maybe it’s a handwritten note, a personalized item, or something related to their passions. Make it as unique and memorable as the services you provide.

Some ideas recommended by comedian, writer and television presenter Tanya Hennesey

Send a package with all the ingredients and tools needed to whip up delicious drinks with Cheers, Sweetie! It’s the perfect way to sit back and reflect on your joint success.

Indulge in the sweetest way to say “thank you” with a chocolate telegram! Send a delicious treat accompanied by a heartfelt message of gratitude. Each delectable bite will remind them of your appreciation. It’s a delightful surprise that combines the joy of chocolate with heartfelt sentiment.

Send a succulent with the help of Sara’s Garden! These low-maintenance plants are perfect for any space, adding greenery and positive vibes.

Social Media: Stay Connected and Be a Cheerleader

You should take your friendly vibes to the digital world. Connect with your clients on social media platforms and be their personal cheerleader. Hit that “Follow” button and engage with their posts. Like, comment, and share their content to show your support. Celebrate their wins, be there during the tough times, and make them feel like they’ve got you in their corner. It’s not just business, my friend; it’s a virtual friendship that’s here to stay.

Let’s Get Personal: Engage in Their Interests

Now it’s time to break free from the business bubble. Show a genuine interest in your clients’ outside-of-work activities. Are they involved in interesting events, conferences, or workshops? If you share a genuine interest, can you join the fun? Support their causes, shout about their charitable endeavors, and get involved in their community activities. They’ll see that you’re more than just a business partner; you’re a friend who has got their back.

Being a joy to work with is the secret sauce that takes your client-based work up that extra notch and helps you make things happen in the future. Remember, it’s all about being genuine, having a blast, and showing your clients that you’re not just a work buddy but a friend and ally for the long haul.

Tanya Hennesey

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