Here are some simple ways to help you separate a business meeting from a romantic date…it can be difficult to tell the difference! …Right?
- If a potential client doesn’t call, be persistent. Call to follow-up or stop by their business/office to say hello. If your date doesn’t call, do not call them or stop by their home/office.
It is sometimes hard to reach out to potential clients because of busy schedules, but by being persistent, you will have a much greater chance of connecting with them and hopefully earning more together.
The dating game is hard, but sometimes it’s not a game, and if they are not answering their phone, they probably don’t want to be bothered. Don’t be too persistent or it will come off as you seeming desperate.
- It’s always good to form relationships with client’s friends. Do not form relationships with your date’s friends.
Expanding your professional circle should be constant and the best way to do that is building relationships with your client’s friends. However, when you’re on your first group date with someone, don’t spend too much time talking to their friends and accidentally ignoring your date!
- If someone is interested in doing business with you, close the deal as soon as possible. If your date is interested in you, do not marry them as soon as possible.
When you find someone that wants to work with you, you want to take up that offer immediately if it will be beneficial to you. Don’t let them get away! With a date, if they show interest in you, take it slow, build the relationship over time, and don’t rush!
- Always have a contract when starting work for a new client. Do not present your date with a contract for dinner.
Formal contracts provide a great set of rules when working together that gives a very professional appearance. Presenting your date with a contract, even an informal one is a no go! That makes you come off as high maintenance and a little crazy!
- When eating with a client, always pay for them. When you’re on a date, don’t pay for them.
Paying for a client shows how much you appreciate them taking the time to meet with you, even if it’s just a cup of coffee or tea. On a date, let them pay for you occasionally, it shows that you are willing to be treated but you’re also willing to do the treating when you offer to pay.
- When a client calls, you call them back right away. If your dates calls, don’t immediately pick up the phone.
A delayed response in the business world can be a missed opportunity. When someone reaches out to you, make sure you get back to them as quickly as possible or they might have found a business venture with someone else! If your date calls, don’t be too eager to pick up the phone and start chatting away! Play it cool and wait a few rings, or even wait a couple minutes and call them back. It will keep it interesting and desperation-free!
- Friend and Follow your client’s on all social media platforms and like all of their pictures. Do not stalk your date on social media.
Connecting with clients on social media shows that you are interested in what they have to say and that you want to further your professional relationship. Adding someone on Facebook or following them on Twitter too soon is a no-go!
- Even if a client drops you, stay friendly with them and check in every once in a while to see how they are doing. If your date dumps you, do not contact them.
You want to keep a good reputation and make sure your former clients remember you, so send a quick e-mail once in a while! If someone dumps you, chances are it isn’t meant to be. There are plenty of fish in the sea so move on to someone else!
At Jillian’s Circus, we know professionalism and how to build a strong community connecting our clients with others! Find out more on the website!