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Attract The Right Job Or Clientele: 

Do You Build Relationships With Strangers?

My question, ‘do you build relationships with strangers’ may sound odd, but it does have merits of its own, particularly for growing business.  Confirming the idea, I saw a sign today that suggests we focus on three elements: mind, body, and possibilities.  Upon wondering if the upfront question has merit, the word, ‘possibilities’ is a compelling reason to reconsider.

My Story

Over the holiday, friends asked that I share my initial experience in the corporate sales environment and how I could survive.  My claim to fame began with my striving to build relationships with strangers.

It was in the ‘olden days’ of cold calling in territories.  I made friends with the receptionists, the guards with guns, and the people in the basement.

How many other people do you know who were or are today willing to make friends with people who answer the phone or who are assistants to executives? 

Building relationships with strangers is the differentiator for gaining insights and access to the executive suite.  Meanwhile, we receive a friendly welcome every time we connect, whether by Zoom, phone, or in-person.  The same applies to wherever we may be.  A friendly approach in a store, a networking event, or a conference with those unfamiliar will open potential doors.  The only requirement is that we wear a smile so that people can hear it in our voice.

So how will people hear a friendly tone in our voice?  Increasing our energy before a meeting or call; exercise works well.  As we prepare to expand our enthusiasm, focusing on our desired outcome will bring a smile and a higher energy level.  Altogether, we sound happily enthusiastic, and it resonates with those we contact.

It is never a waste of time to hear someone’s story and potentially offer help.  The listening provides insights into what they view as important.  Should the person be associated with the executive suite, they may convey insights about the people who hold office in the suite and the particulars of how they work.  By building relationships with strangers, we can become comfortable doing the same within companies to grow a more robust clientele.

Practice using a friendly style of conversation is always in front of us.  Should we see someone attempting to lift something heavy, an offer of help will go a long way.  Checking in for a personal appointment can be excellent practice. Simply thanking someone for their help will brighten the person’s day.  It is the professional, friendly approach that will influence people to help us achieve our goals. 

One word of caution is that many people lose their grounding by not having the confidence to achieve their goals or set insignificant ones.  Coming full circle, we always keep possibilities at the forefront of our minds and use self-pep talks to achieve anything we desire.

The practice of combining mind, body, and possibilities that differentiates the successful.

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Your Story

An excellent practice is to constantly review your successful outcomes to understand how they came to be.  And then compare those events to the more disappointing results.  The comparison and contrast of steps leading up to the final result can be very telling.  You almost give yourself a roadmap for how to improve future endeavors.

Take time to consider whether you:

  • Make quick judgments
  • Dismiss input from seemingly low-level people
  • Ignore those you don’t know
  • Are lax in thanking people for their assistance
  • You are shy about offering help

Should any of the above bullet points hit home, it is time to examine the poor strategies and change habits.   It is a smile and a relaxed style that will make people feel comfortable and volunteer their assistance on your behalf.  Test the theory to see if your results change for the better: build relationships with strangers.  Effectiveness with any new strategy takes time. 

Success begins with the belief that you will be successful and then morphs into planning and careful follow-through and follow-up.  Track the next six months to see whether building relationships will become your new effort in the business growth environment

Sales Tips:  Build Relationships With Strangers

  1. Believe in the possibilities before you.
  2. Believe in your capabilities.
  3. Continue learning to improve your effort.
  4. Confirm the strategies that work well.
  5. Eliminate the attempts that do not produce the results your desire.
  6. Observe the approaches your peers and competitors use to determine if something is missing.
  7. Adapt new ideas to your unique style to remain authentic.
  8. Build relationships with strangers and grow your network.
  9. Offer help to those following in your footsteps.
  10. Celebrate Success!

Today’s insights are provided to help you achieve the Smooth Sale!


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