Make trust principles the foundation of your business
In Part 1, you read that feeling nervous marketing your business isn’t unreasonable. But it’s not necessary. When your intention is to build trustworthy client relationships, how you market is clearer. Putting your audience first is a game changer.
Potential clients want to trust you. But whether they’re conscious of it or not, they’re searching for clues that you’re trustworthy.
The research of Stefan Grafe, founder of mext, a global brand building consultancy, and his partner, Barbara Grohsgart, a psychologist, identified what clients need to know about you to trust you. From their findings and Charles Green’s work with Trusted Advisor Associates, I’ve developed a list of Trust Principles.
Using these Trust Principles will make it easier to know what to say in your sales and marketing. You’ll know which messages really matter to your clients. And you’ll feel more comfortable with your marketing.
6 Trust Principles
1. Empathetic Relationships – Clients know you are concerned for their feelings. You listen and let them know you understand. You don’t have to agree with them. But you do understand how they think.
2. Purpose – They know your purpose and your intentions for your business and for doing this work.
3. Improvement – Clients know you are dedicated to learning. They know you’re continuously raising your level of practice or skills in order to help them.
4. Competence – Clients believe you are well qualified to provide your service, specialty, or product. You don’t have to be the most qualified.
5. Solutions – You create and deliver the answers or solutions your clients come to you for.
6. Reliability – They know you deliver what you promise. You consistently do things the way they prefer or are used to.
Are you worthy of your clients’ trust?
Ask your clients. And ask yourself.
Use this Trust Assessment guide to learn how much your clients trust you. [Read more…] about Never Feel Slimy About Your Marketing Again. Use These 6 Trust Principles Now. Part 2 of 2