Recently, I read an article in the Florida Weekly,* Business Section, page A41, October 4, 2016 by Matt Stewart, co-founder of College Works Painting, a house-painting company that provides business experience for thousands of college students each year.
In his article, Matt stated that “...some argued that entrepreneurs are terrible when it comes to relationships, and some suggested that entrepreneurs are pretty good.” Here is a list of Matt’s tips for maintaining business relationship, and a couple of added tips suggested by our chapter membership.
1. Reach out to people. “Keep a list of your 20 closest friends and 10 people that you want to get to know better. Keep in touch. Show your friends you care by asking how they’re doing and what’s new in their life.” Ask people you want to build relationships with what you can do for them. Be genuine and focus on the other person. By doing this, you show how committed you are to the relationship. At the same time, you will be more aware of what is going on.
2. Be there for others. “Do you have a person in your life that you lean on? This is a person you will call immediately without even thinking about it because they’re consistently there for you. Be that person for others. You can do this by just making time for them.”
As a practitioner/entrepreneur, time is the best gift you can give. If someone calls, if a staff member comes into your office, make time for them. Be engaged. Don’t cut one meeting short for the upcoming meeting. Just plan better, provide support and counsel.”
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