Wait! But You Said You Would!
After a jam-packed business trip of 8 client meetings in 2 days, I made and witnessed a LOT of promises.
Promises to follow-up with information. Promises to schedule more meetings. Promises to introduce my clients to various new resources. Promises to send quotes. Promises to meet at 6:00pm for dinner that evening. So many freakin’ promises!
In sales, we 1. Get a meeting 2. Establish trust 3. Complete a transaction. Number 2, trust, is the most important. If we fail to keep promises, especially with a new client or partner, it is very difficult to gain that trust.
It means taking notes, making reminders, and letting our clients know, “I am working on this and have NOT forgotten about you!”. Who wants to do business with someone who doesn’t keep their promises? Small or big!
My challenge for you this week: Think about the verbal or written committment you make to your clients, peers, or partners. How are you going to ensure they get what you’ve promised?