Building Great Business Relationships

If you're in a business relationship with anyone ? a client, vendor, or customer ? how important is that relationship to you? Do you value the relationship? Do you want to nurture it?

A business relationship, like any relationship, is a two-way street. The expectations of both parties needs be clear and easily understandable. Applying the Golden Rule is also a good idea: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." That is a very powerful statement, and one I try to practice in my daily life, both in business and personal matters.

Good communication is key for any business relationship to grow and thrive. Even when conflicts surface (and they will), keeping the lines of communication open at all times is extremely important. Meet conflicts head-on, no matter how frightening they may seem at the time. The sooner the issues are out on the table and dealt with, the sooner you can get back on track and back to business-as-usual.

Another thing to keep in mind is letting people know you appreciate them. Thank you notes, cards and e-mails are always a good idea, and they never go out of style. People love to be appreciated. If you are receiving great business from someone, always be sure to let them know. You will feel better for it, and so will they.

Another great idea is to reach out and "touch" your clients and customers on a regular basis by sending them monthly newsletters. This is a wonderful way to keep in touch, both to let them know you are thinking about them, and to remind them about you as well.

Remember, you get out of a great relationship what you put into it. Value those you do business with. Nurture the relationships, so they are always growing and prospering. Keep this up and you will always have a garden full of healthy, happy business contacts.

© 2005 Cynthia Morse, Virtually At Your Service. All rights reserved.

You're welcome to reprint this story. If you do, please include this reference: Cynthia Morse CAP is a Virtual Assistant, and the owner of Virtually At Your Service, http://www.virtuallyatyourservice.biz. She offers remote administrative support to small business owners and other busy professionals from her home office, allowing them the time to focus on what they love and do best. Sign up at http://www.virtuallyatyourservice.biz to receive her e-zine "Virtual Service Connection" for monthly tips and resources benefiting small business owners.

In The News:

Cato Networks Nabs Former Cisco Viptela Exec As Channel Chief  CRN: Technology news for channel partners and solution providers
The 10 Hottest Networking Startups Of 2020 (So Far)  CRN: Technology news for channel partners and solution providers
Top tips for virtual networking  Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
Networking Webinar  Bethel University News

10 Effective Ways to Remember Names

Sigmund Freud says "a person's name is the single context... Read More

Building Business Relationships in a Roomful of Strangers

You approach a stranger at an association meeting or industry... Read More

Client Attraction Technique #2: Networking

One of the most cost effective ways of generating leads... Read More

The Secrets of Effective Networking

Before we talk about specific networking tips I want to... Read More

Increase Your Sales by 30% Using Internet Collaboration Networks

Small businesses are really excluded from the global economySmall businesses... Read More

Land the Ideal Job Using Social Networks

With at least 60% of job-seekers finding employment through networking,... Read More

Business Networking - Common Myths and Realities

Can we agree about the meaning of networking? I don't... Read More

8 Ways To Develop Confidence In New Situations

Do you enjoy one-on-one networking, however, the thought of walking... Read More

It Pays to be Friendly

Most small business people do not take advantage of human... Read More

The 4 Actions of Awesome Hospitality

These Actions of Awesome Hospitality? will help you manifest the... Read More

Networking Know How

Networking, even to a seasoned professional, can seem intimidating or... Read More

Mother Said - Wash Your Hands

Think health articles are boring? This one isn't, so read... Read More

Creating Successful Alliances and Partnerships through Networking

Douglas Wilder, former Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and... Read More

Planting the Seeds of Greatness - Make it Great Newsletter #7

Thought of the WeekThis week, I'd like to challenge you... Read More

Work that Room, Baby!

Networking, schmoozing, making connections. Call it what you want, it's... Read More

Networking - How To Do It

Networking is probably the oldest, easiest, most effective and least... Read More

Is The Company You Keep Hurting Your Business?

When you look at your friends, it's like looking into... Read More

The 4 Attitudes of Awesome Hospitality

Hospitality relates to the Latin term philoxenia, or "the love... Read More

You MUST Be Visible

Have you ever noticed how visible large corporations are? Take... Read More

Putting The Fun Back In Networking

Networking is one of the most important skills a person... Read More

Getting Leads

How many leads do you pass on?As a reminder, you... Read More

How to Get Ahead in Your Career

Bigger Better Deal. That's what everyone always hopes will come... Read More

Giving the Gift of Your Name (The Networking Factor)

Although, this is about giving the gift of your name... Read More

Network Your Way to Success, and Remember: Its Not About You!

Quote of the week"The answer is always no...unless you ask."... Read More

Giving Referrals to Get Referrals

One of the best ways to get a referral is... Read More