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23 Sep 09 Approaching A Business Client

Whether you own a personal business, or work for a company where independent clients are your target, you need to know how to approach them.  By not knowing how to approach a client, you run the chance of ruining a potential business relationship, through a lack of knowledge.  That’s no reason to lose out on potential business, so do your research and make sure that doesn’t happen.  It’s not too hard to develop your relationship building skills, you just need to know where to start.

Firstly, do what research you can about your potential client.  Find out what you can about them, before making your approach, so that you can formulate a strategy specific to them.  By doing your research you already know what parts of your business apply to them, and you can focus on highlighting those positives.  Tailoring a pitch to each potential client gives you a better chance of getting their attention, and capturing their interest.

Whether you are approaching through a phone call, or an in person meeting, make sure that you stay professional.  Keep positive and courteous, through your speech and demeanor.  That will reflect in your pitch, and the potential client is more likely to respond positively in return.  Never underestimate the power of positivity.

Finally, make sure that you know your stuff, concerning your own business.  It’s not enough to highlight the points that apply to a potential client, you also need to know the answers to their questions.  You never know what they’re going to think of, so keep a broad range of knowledge on hand about your business.  By knowing the facts, and even having a guide for yourself, you can quickly supply the answer to any questions they may have.  This helps to show that your business is organized, and helpful in working with a client to get them the solution that they need.

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