It can be difficult when you have to address unhappy customers regarding your business. Some people can be very hard to please which can cause problems for any business owner. As a result, here are 7 tips on how to work effectively with people who give you a hard time.
1. Protect Your Interests
The most important thing is to get everything in writing with everyone you do business with. This will prevent a lot of problems down the road. Its also vital that you get something written when doing business with friends and family. This will prevent any assumptions from you clients.
2. Can’t Make Everyone Happy
Sooner or later you will work with a difficult client and/or get a bad testimonial from somebody. Its 100 percent impossible to please everybody regardless how good you may be or how many awards you may have won. As a result, do your best work but know that problems will arise. Don’t be caught off guard.
3. Develop A Stellar Reputation
Its important to develop a good reputation in your field before dealing with your difficult customers. The last thing any business person wants to happen is to have one bad customer ruin the last 10 years of your successful business.
4. Know Your Friends
Develop a network of loyal friends who can help you down the road. Your friends can give you additional advice on how to deal with difficult people. Your friends can also give you insights on how to deal with difficult people.
5. Be Honest
You need to be sincere and caring all the time and not just when your in the public eye. People can tell when someone is truly honest and caring. A person should not do anything that they wouldn’t want to become public. If problems do arise from your clients, people will always side with the honest and sincere person.
6. Talk To The Unhappy Customer
Explain to the person what the problem is and ask him or her for some suggestions on solving the problem. Sometimes, your clients might not realize what they are doing. Ask them nicely if you can do anything differently.
7. Be Prepared
Prepare for unexpected surprises. Sometimes things happened that might take everyone by surprise. Be flexible and when expected things happen learn to deal with them immediately.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. Stan’s book has over 300 book reviews and counting.