Ginny liked the interaction with her doctor. She enjoyed chatting with him. Ginny was a grandma, had been dealing with doctors all her life, and some of the interactions and experiences were better than others.
Was this doctor experienced? Yes. Was he intelligent? Yes. Was he knowledgeable of what she was going through and the potential remedies? Again, yes.
So, when Ginny talked about why she liked the doctor so much, she could have described those different attributes. Instead, she described his openness as the reason she enjoyed him so much. He was as willing to convey what he didn’t yet know as well as what he did know. He was willing to ask questions to learn more. He was willing to listen to what Ginny said.
Your customers are often in a similar situation to Ginny when they’re dealing with you. You are like the doctor. Compared to the customer, you’re far more knowledgeable about issues, symptoms of problems, remedies. You’re much more knowledgeable about the options and the pros and cons of each. You have a lot more experience in dealing with particular situations, as well.
But oftentimes when customers appreciate you, only part of the appreciation results from the quality of the information and guidance you provide. The rest of what may cause them to appreciate you is how open you are to ask questions, how open you are to admit what you don’t know and what additional information you need. They may appreciate you because of your willingness to listen and be patient with them, even though you’re 95% certain that you know the best course of action in their situation.
The next time you’re working with a customer and trying to determine the best way to address their issue or goal, convey the openness of Ginny’s physician.
Be the Good Doctor.