I bet a lot of you all are like me – when you’re asked to share your feelings, it’s not always something that feels comfortable. It obviously depends on the situation and who’s asking you to share your feelings. So, many of us might hesitate in sharing our feelings.
However, when customers are providing a word-of-mouth evaluation of our businesses, what they are mostly sharing is their feelings. Sure, they’re telling their buddy, their co-worker, their spouse, or an acquaintance about the specifics of their experience in working with our businesses. But they are also sharing their feelings. How they paint the picture of their experiences is often based on the feelings they take away from their interactions with us.
So, if word-of-mouth can generate business for us, if word of mouth – when negative – can keep potential new customers from even considering our businesses, then the question becomes: How do we engender positive feelings from customers?
Feelings We Want Our Customers to Have
Most of us want our customers to feel comfortable in working with us. We want them to have enjoyed the experience, to be confident in what we’re doing, to feel respected, to feel like we valued their time.
If these are some of the feelings that we want our customers to have, some of the positive feelings that they could share in conversations with others, then we need to determine how to engender these feelings.
Foster Positive Feelings
Consider these points:
- Strive to make your customers feel comfortable – with the environment, the process, and the plan.
- Be consistent, knowledgeable, and effective enough to gain their confidence.
- Be efficient enough, patient enough, and communicate well enough so that they feel you valued their time.
- Tell them they are important, and convey it with your actions and your responsiveness.
- Use your body language, your tone of voice, and how you engage them with your words to convey true respect.
To foster more positive word-of-mouth, work hard to foster positive feelings in the heart of your customers.