What the FZK is Up with Client Service?

I confess to loving all 26 letters in The Mad Clientist’s ABCs of Client Service equally. This easy read of a book takes a short and lighthearted look at a deadly serious topic—improving client service to drive new business. 

But I admit, I am especially partial to the letters F, Z, and K. You can learn so much about client service from just these three letters:

Spend just 26 minutes with the ABCs of Client Service and improve your client service immediately. My ABCs of Client Service opens your eyes to a whole new way of providing superior client service to each and every one of your clients—from the client perspective. And offers tactics to drive more business. Click here for more information—and to order your copy today.

MBR

Not Your Average Summer Beach Reads

As you load up your e-readers and tote bags with the books you’ve been meaning to catch up on when “things slow down,” please allow me to add a few more recommendations to your lists. These are the books I still think about most long after I’ve put them down:

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This may be the most compelling book I’ve read.  You’ll learn some amazing things you’ll want to adopt—and some you’ll never adopt.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek

Drive more inspired leadership by focusing on the core reasons your firm does what it does.

Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior by Rorke Denver

A striking look at how balance and calm play a vital role in any situation—especially high-stakes situations.

And I would be remiss if I didn’t also recommend a couple of other additions to your library:

Clientelligence: How Superior Client Relationships Fuel Growth and Profits by Michael Rynowecer

Learn how to drive growth and develop the best relationships with clients—based on in-depth research with 14,000 top decision makers who hire professional services firms.

The Mad Clientist’s ABCs of Client Service by Michael Rynowecer

This fully illustrated book is a light-hearted look at a deadly serious skill: learning how to improve client service.

Enjoy!

MBR

Clients Are Voting For Your Law Firm Right Now

The overwhelming majority of C-level executives will hire you based on a single unprompted recommendation from a peer. (An unprompted recommendation is like a write-in vote.)

An unprompted recommendation from your client to a peer gets you hired with no competition. Your client’s unprompted recommendation is the most powerful indicator of a superior relationship, signaling your client has made the rare emotional investment in your relationship.

U is for Unprompted—and the other 25 letters of the Client Service alphabet—can be found in my ABCs of Client Service. Open your eyes to a whole new way of providing superior client service to each and every one of your clients, while driving more business. Click here for more information on The Mad Clientist's ABCs of Client Service—and to order your copy today. Spend 26 minutes with the ABCs of Client Service and improve your client service immediately. 

MBR

26 Tips To Boost Client Service on BTI’s 27th Birthday

Today is day one of BTI’s 27th year. I have been lucky enough to help market leaders, market-leaders-to-be, the best-run professional service firms in the world, and all manner of organizations drive growth. The combination of this experience and BTI’s independent research with more than 14,000 top executives provides unmatched insights for our clients.

During BTI’s 25th anniversary, I published a long-form book, Clientelligence: How Superior Client Relationships Fuel Growth and Profits, which has become an Amazon Customer Service Top 30 Best Seller—and a Kirkus Best Book of 2015.

But my clients and friends wanted something more. The advice I got was, “Think short and pithy—focused suggestions on how to immediately boost client service, keep client relationships moving forward, and develop more business without ever using the dreaded sales pitch or hard sell. And make it easy and quick to read.”

You can see the results below, and in my latest book: The Mad Clientist’s ABCs of Client Service. 26 nuggets of insight—each tied to a word and letter of the alphabet. Each nugget, one for each year BTI just completed, tells its own story of how to boost at least one aspect of client service.

Please click each link below for the complete definition and its related illustration (just to reinforce the point):

A is for Action... Your Actions define your clients’ experience... 

B is for Bullet... Take one for your client... 

C is for Commitment to Help... Commitment to Help is the single most influential factor in any relationship... 

D is for Devotion... Devote at least 15 minutes every day to push your understanding of your top client’s industry and business...

E is for Expectations... Clients increase their Expectations with every wonderful act you perform... 

F is for Feedback... You can’t improve without client Feedback... 

G is for Goals... Clients’ Goals drive every aspect of what you do... 

H is for Hot Seat... Your best clients will, at some point, put you in the Hot Seat... 

I is for Inaction... Inaction speaks much louder than words...

J is for Joy... The sensation clients experience when they know the value of your service dwarfs the fee...

K is for Kryptonite... Kryptonite is widely accepted as the only known substance proven to render Superman vulnerable...

L is for Listen Listen Listen... Listen until it hurts...

M is for Motion... Make things happen. Move the mountains. Get it done.... 

N is for No... No drives clients crazy...

O is for Obvious... What is Obvious to you is oblivion to your client...

P is for Process... Process is often more important than the outcome...

Q is for Quality... Quality starts and ends with clients... 

R is for Relationship... Relationships are a state of connectedness... 

S is for Surprises... Clients hate them...

T is for Thousand Days... You improve your client service prowess by practicing for a Thousand Days, not practicing a thousand ways...

U is for Unprompted... The overwhelming majority of C-level executives will hire you based in a single Unprompted recommendation from a peer...  

V is for Value... The point where your client believes they have received substantially more than they pay... 

W is for W.I.T... Whatever It Takes...

X is for X-Factor... The X-Factor is the special quality unique to each and every one of your clients...

Y is for You... You are the most powerful component in delivering superior client service... 

Z is for Zeal... Your fervor and commitment to client service shines through everything you do and every action you take...

and... 

T is for Thank You... I’ll repeat one letter as I take this opportunity to thank all of you: my clients, friends, and colleagues who have taught me these lessons and helped me develop these insights along the way.

Spend just 26 minutes with the ABCs of Client Service and improve your client service immediately. My ABCs of Client Service opens your eyes to a whole new way of providing superior client service to each and every one of your clients—from the client perspective. And offers tactics to drive more business. Click here for more information—and to order your copy today.

And, just to add a bit more celebration to BTI’s birthday, we are giving the first 27 people to subscribe* to The Mad Clientist (in the box at the upper right of your screen) a copy of The Mad Clientist's ABCs of Client Service. As an added bonus you’ll also be included when we launch a brand new subscribers-only feature next week you won't want to miss.

MBR 

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