(part-2) Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-2

(part-2) Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-2In the previous post, (Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-1), I talked about benefits of building trust.

Elements of trust

Everyone wants to be trusted – especially sales persons and consultants. You want your customer to come and listen to you. However, not many achieve in being trusted. I was amazed when I read a book called “Trusted Advisor” (affiliate link – p2w2 gets paid if you buy), I realized that there is a pattern of behavior that helps generate more trust in your relationships.
If you look at page 4 (using “look inside” feature of Amazon) you will see “traits that our trusted advisors have in common.” In that, I like the following:

– They are consistent (we can depend on them)
– Help us think things through (we make the decision, they don’t force their recommendation on us)
– They stay calm
– Are reliably on our side and always seem to have our interests at heart
– We can rely on them to tell us the truth

Who do YOU trust?

(part-2) Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-2

Take for example, a car dealer. Which dealer do you trust? It’s likely that you the person:
• Is pleasant and polite to you
Asked for your needs and heard you patiently
Empathized with your need
Respected your time and attended to you promptly
Understood your need
• Gave all the options you have
• Let you make the decision
Follow up and deliver on all the promises

Trust is a natural outcome when they know that you keep their interests in mind.

Trust gets generated from experience; not testimonials

No matter how good a marketing material you can generate, it can never generate trust. At best, a customer can try you. But she will start trusting you only after trying out your product or service and after she is satisfied.

Before we close…

Log on to Trust Quotient self-assessment quiz. I recommend this quiz because that tells you where you stand on the trust question. Here are some of

the questions it asks (you have to select between Never, Rarely, Often, Almost Always and Always):

1. My word is my bond (I keep and deliver on my promises; I see keeping my word as a matter of personal integrity)
2. I work to make sure there are no surprises when I’m around
3. People tell me me I’m honest and open
4. I am consistent and predictable
5. People confide in me (they tell me things they often don’t tell others)

You might actually learn many traits that you love and give you ideas to enhance others’ trust in you.

This quiz computes your trust quotient (TQ). With this quiz you can do your own assessment of your credibility, reliability, intimacy, and self-orientation. The quiz, based on the work of Charles H. Green, who defines TQ as:
(part-2) Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-2


TQ = Trust Quotient (trustworthiness)
C = Credibility
R = Reliability
I = Intimacy
S = Self-orientation

Remember that can be a fabulous economic strategy—the strategy for our times.
But if your only reason for winning trust is to make money off others, nobody is going to trust you.
That’s the paradox of this trust thingy.
If you’d like to know more about the “T’ Factor in a business relationship, I would recommend that you begin by reading by David H. Maister and Charles H. Green’s Trusted Advisor.

About the author: Chaitanya Sagar is an expert in small businesses and is the CEO of www.p2w2.com, an online marketplace for services like writing, business consulting, research, software, online-tutoring etc. You can find good service providers and collaborate with them on p2w2.

(part-2) Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-2

Picture credits: Mijita Janielianne hbp_pix

5 Replies to “(part-2) Building Trust with Your Customers Helps You Reach Your Goals Faster-2”

  1. Trust will be a big component of my upcoming computer consulting business. I feel one of the biggest things lacking in my industry is a trusted relationship with customers. People are hesitant to let a nameless, facesless stranger into their home, but if there is trust there, either from previous experience or referals, they will not hesitate to purchase in-home computer service.

  2. Well, one way is to make sure to communicate the expectations of your repair/visit BEFORE you arrive on site. Tell them exactly what you plan on doing and ask as many quesitons as you can before you get there. That way, when you’re there, you’re not wasting their time trying to find out what was wrong in the first place. Also, I think it’s really important to keep in touch with your customers. Not just with a newsletter or mass postcards, but actually giving them a call in a week and asking them how their computer is working and if there is anything I can do to help any more. All these thing on top of having a very friendly and helpful attitude, not talking down to customers, and hleping them understand what I’m doing…will hopefully be a successful combination for my business.

  3. I guess trust should be able to create a ‘win-win’ situation for businesses. At all ends like the investors, customers, sponsors, etc, the parties know that its about getting the maximum return value to your input. Having said this, I agree that there are lots of ways to build trust and you have to strike a balance between being just friendly and delivering what you promise. Some people don’t care for pleasantries as much as they do for hard returns while others frequently need to be dealt with more personally. Nice post 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *