Communication is one of the most important aspects of life. Often it can determine the course of one’s relationship with others. Good communication can help you have successful relations with people around you… clients too.
If you find yourself looking for the right thing to say for too long or if you just feel that the points you are trying to bring across do not have the expected impact, this is the article for you.
There are some tactics, which you can apply in order to enhance your communication skills and start attracting the right kind of people to your business. This can prove to be one of those essential things that can take your business to a whole other level.
Firstly, you need to be friendly, kind and positive. Your tone should be calm and relaxed. If you are not in a good mood take a deep breath, and then answer that phone call you’ve been waiting. Treat your clients with respect, ask them how there are doing, show genuine interest in their life, but do not be too casual or intrusive since it may make a client feel uncomfortable.
When you speak, it is very important how you speak. You should not sound bored, angry or sad. Be that person who knows how to listen. When someone’s talking, you need to concentrate and pay attention. That shows respect. Do not let your mind wanders. Stay focused on the conversation. If you are nervous, try to look composed by taking control of your body language. Get your hands out of your pockets, and make an eye contact. This will make you look confident and assertive. Also, you should adapt your style to the clients. If your client is formal, respond formally. If he’s being casual, be casual too.
Before meeting with your client, think about the questions that you’ll probably be asked and prepare answers. Write down everything that can help you do a better job.
At the end of a conversation with a client or when responding to their emails, summarize the main points. This is important in order to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretations.
When you are sending an email, be specific, concise and clear. Emphasize important words and phrases. In the end, check your grammar and spelling. Proofreading is essential to anyone who wants to be professional.
Pay attention to details. Use “please” and “thank you”. Instead of simply saying “No”, say something like “I’m sorry, but I can’t do this”, or “Sorry, but I won’t be able to do that”. If you say it nicely, communication will be much smoother. It’s the little things like this that show your clients your respect for them.
Be accurate and make sure you fulfill your obligations to your customers in time. Hold the agreed deadline. Trust should be earned.
The way that you communicate with your clients can determine if the relationships will be successful and long-lasting. Follow these proven tactics and do not forget to always be professional, positive and polite.