A Fresh Look at Building Trusted and Sustainable Relationships

execs-putting-puzzle-together“Think about what it takes for you to trust someone. Think about what they’ve done over time to build that trust,” suggested Sue Reynolds-Frost, director of client services at The Speaker’s Choice, a spoken communication training and consulting firm, during an ExecuNet Master ClassA Fresh Look at Building Trusted and Sustainable Relationships.

In business, it’s important to build such trusting relationships with your clients. Reynolds-Frost explained how there are there are four types of relationships: service offering-based, needs-based, relationship-based and trust-based. “The higher you go, the broader the breadth of business issues, and the depth of personal relationships is more ingrained and more real,” she said.

The first steps involve focusing on addressing needs and solving programs for clients. “Then you get insight into the company. That’s where it becomes relationship-based,” explained Reynolds-Frost. “That’s where you know you have impact.”

Reynolds-Frost said it’s important to learn how to shift into the different levels of relationships. “It’s not necessarily showing another product you have or continuing to try to prove how smart we are,” she said. “Getting out of that proving mode and getting into the interpersonal aspects of the relationship is key to shifting from being just needs-based and service-based into that trust phase.”

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William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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