Improving Your Business Relationships

In the modern business world, speed and efficiency are both important qualities for a company to possess. At the same time, you can’t overlook cultivating and growing your business relationships. And this is something which takes both time and effort. Though a lot has changed in business, it still rings true that people want to deal with other people whom they both like and trust. So, if you feel like your business relationships are currently on the rocks and in need of a little TLC, here are some of the ways that you can get them back on track.

 

Communicate As Clearly As Possible

 

So much can break down from a simple miscommunication, which is why you need to do everything that you can to be as clear as possible. So, when you are speaking face to face, you should get into a habit of breaking everything down step by step in a way which is clear and detailed without being patronizing. At the end of a meeting, you should sum up what has been discussed so that everyone feels like they are on the same page. Obviously, a lot of communication is done by email these days, and in many ways, this can be even more problematic. Therefore, you need to be especially careful that you are communicating in a way which doesn’t offend anyone or make them think something which you didn’t intend.

 

Speaking on the phone is another entirely different skill – one in which you need to practice active listening and verbal skills when people are unable to see your physical gestures.

 

Clarify and Prepare Before Going into the Meeting

 

Before you enter a meeting, it is worth doing the adequate amount of preparation so that you know what you are talking about beforehand. This could involve pulling together some facts and figures, consulting with professional business litigation experts, or simply preparing a meeting agenda. Ultimately, you want interactions to flow and move forward in the smoothest way possible. Not only will this put you in the best position in showing that you know what you are doing, but it will also ensure for smooth and efficient interactions.

 

Ask Questions and Listen

 

Getting to know your clients is one of the best ways that you can ensure a long and healthy relationship with them. And one of the most effective ways of doing this is by asking questions to find out more about their individual requirements. Unfortunately, far too many business people are only interested in hearing the sound of their own voice and not listening to what their clients have to say. But when you listen, you give yourself the opportunity to learn things which you didn’t already know rather than simply repeating your own agenda. It is always a delicate balancing act between talking and listening whenever you are involved in client relationships.

 

Deal with Conflicts Clearly and Directly

 

It is impossible that you are going to be able to establish long-term client relationships without a bump in the road every now and again. It is during these times that you need to tread carefully. But if you simply allow a conflict to fester, they are only likely to get worse the longer they go on. So, you should try to find a solution at the earliest possible opportunity which is in the interest of both parties. While you want to look after your own needs, you don’t want to do so at the expense of your clients. Again, there is a balance to be struck which can take some practice before you get it right.

 

Get to the Point

 

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While there is obviously something to be said for making small talk at the beginning of a meeting, you still need to make sure that you reach the point that you are trying to make quickly and concisely. Paraphrasing is an invaluable skill to have when you are in a meeting situation, so take the lead . There is always the opportunity to go into more detail with the documents that you follow up a meeting with. And when you have a business which is involved in a complex field, it is a good idea to cut the jargon so that you can explain things in layman’s terms.

 

Businesses of all type are about the relationships that you build up with your partners and clients. These are just some of the ways in which you can keep them in the best possible condition.

 

 

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Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/