Relationships are just as crucial in business as they’re in your personal life. And much like building relationships in your personal life they take time, work, and patience. That is if you want to build solid relationships. Quite frankly if you do not want to build solid relationships with a focus on the long-term than what’s the point? That’s like saying you’ve met your future spouse and are building a relationship with the hopes of getting married and starting a family. But, you’re only going to do that for 10 years. I understand that life happens and that relationship may end, as could your business relationship. Are you truly building a relationship if it’s not based on the long-term? You’re not. Before we dive into relationship building in business, let’s define what a relationship is.
According to Merriam-Webster a relationship is defined as the way in which 2 or more people or things are connected; the way in which two or more people talk to, behave toward and deal with each other.
I am going to make one small addition to this definition by adding for the long-term.
What Does Relationship Building In Business Look Like
To be frank, it’s not rocket science. There is not much difference between building a relationship in your personal life and building a business relationship.
What’s the difference?
Feelings. There are no feelings in business. You value your business relationships, but you’re not emotionally connected like you’re in a personal relationship.
Here’s what a business relationship should look like.
- 50/50 – It needs to be give and take from both sides. One side should not be doing all the giving and the other side shouldn’t be doing all the taking. The relationship should be balanced. A relationship is not all about one person.
- Share The Same Brain – Time is your most valuable asset. Don’t spend time on a relationship where you do not connect with the other person. Meaning your instincts, and intuitions are closely aligned. In English – you get each other.
- Don’t Try To Fit A Square Peg In A Round Hole – Don’t try to build a relationship with someone more successful if you don’t get each other. It’s a waste of your time and theirs. Also, the successful person in this case can smell what you’re trying to do from the beginning.
- You Need To Work At It – Just like anything else in life you need to put the time in and work at it. It is not going to magically happen by itself.
- Be Patient – Remember what I said a minute or two ago? No. You’re building the relationship for the long-term so BE PATIENT! Being patient will not only serve you well in building relationships, but building your business as well.
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