Print Page  |  Contact Us  |  Your Cart  |  Sign In  |  Join IMC USA
Daily Tips for Consultants
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   

 

View all (805) posts »
 

#405: Surprise Your Clients, But Not as a Consultant

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Friday, October 1, 2010
Updated: Friday, October 1, 2010
I believe in saying what I'll do and doing what I say (and don't buy into the consultant cliché of "under promise and over deliver"). However, I do want to provide whatever support for my client when possible. What are some ways to give that impression without being obnoxious about it?

You are right to be cautious. Clients are smart (they hired you, didn't they?) and keenly perceptive (they got their job, didn't they?) so be genuine or don't bother. Here are a few thoughts:
  • Purposely "beat" a promised deadline (e.g., something expected next week is given to them tomorrow).
  • Periodically send over helpful information and notes about things you feel will benefit them.
  • Send an informal note recommending articles of particular interest to them or their business with no other "strings" attached.
  • Prepare a summary report of an event you just attended and send it to them without telling them in advance that you are going to do it.
  • Provide friendly, unexpected reminders/acknowledgements of key dates, events, anniversaries, birthdays, etc. Do not even consider these unless you have already talked about the event and share its significance.
Tip: The ultimate goal should always get them to think "Wow, that was way more than I ever expected. I appreciate that." What you don't want them to think is "That's odd. I wonder why he or she did that?" It has to be natural and something that occurs to you as a person, not in your role as a consultant. Non-business items can be more appreciated than business items.

© 2010 Institute of Management Consultants USA

Tags:  client relations  client service  goodwill 

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
 
Community Search
Sign In


Forgot your password?

Haven't joined yet?

IMC USA Calendar

12/7/2016
The Consultant's Workshop : Agility - Essential for Today's Consultancy - Dec 7, 2016

12/8/2016
IMC SoCal 12/8 Holiday Party

12/13/2016
IMC NCR: 2016 Annual Holiday Party

12/19/2016
IMC NorCal 2016 Holiday Party

Message from the Chair
Angela Dingle CMC2016 IMC USA Distinguished Service Award Recipient
Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC2016 IMC Fellow Award Recipient
Gayle Carson CMC CSP FIMC2016 IMC Fellow Award Recipient