A trust lesson from a role play and a hospital visit

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips November 20, 2017

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I got chastised (rightly and nicely) by a client last week for doing a bad job of setting expectations. And then I got a taste of my own medicine in a very personal way. I’m sharing in case any of it rings true, and you see an opportunity to increase your own trustworthiness as a result.

The case for communicating even when you have nothing to say

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips November 13, 2017

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Some of you know we moved to a new house this summer. We’ve been doing a bunch of renovations, yielding no shortage of lessons learned from interactions with contractors and suppliers. One such lesson—a surprising take on reliability—applies equally to the kind of people who read these tips.

When short (and “professional”) isn’t necessarily sweet

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips November 6, 2017

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Last week’s post on the perils of the “assumptive close” got me thinking about a real-life example of how a financial advisor’s robotic (and safe) cold call killed my trust and lost my business. Consider this another cautionary tale that’s not meant only for more traditional salespeople. I bet if you look hard enough, you’ll find yourself in the example no matter your role, if only a little … a little too risk-averse, a little too “professional,” a little too brief.

Why “one of the most common closes used” is also one of the worst

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips October 31, 2017

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I was shopping for a Halloween costume the other day and I was reminded of a big sales no-no in the process—that is, if you want to sell the trust-based way. And while my experience was in the realm of retail, it’s also a cautionary tale for anyone in professional services.

Does this make your “S” look big? (Part 2)

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips October 23, 2017

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Last week I focused on one of the greatest opportunities for us all to improve our trustworthiness: getting off our “S” (self-orientation). I wrote about Level 1 troubleshooting, which zeros in on the fundamentals (things like being curious, generous, and truly committed to doing right by them). This week we go deeper with Level 2 to deal with the sneaky parts.

Does this make your “S” look big? (Part 1)

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips October 17, 2017

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One of the greatest opportunities for us all to improve our trustworthiness lies in the self-orientation variable of the trust equation. Fortunately, there are specific things we all can do about that.

(Reprise) What NOT to say during really difficult times

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips October 9, 2017

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I was talking to a friend/colleague just the other day who recently lost her father after many years of illness. It’s always so hard to know what to say in these moments, and I reached back to lessons shared from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg after her husband’s unexpected death. Given all the turmoil in our world, and, in particular, the disasters befalling the U.S. in recent weeks, I thought a re-post was called for.

Why ROFL should be in your consulting toolkit

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips October 3, 2017

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This week got off to a rocky start with the realization that my computer, which had been coughing and sputtering for several days, was officially on life support. So I scrambled to deal with this major productivity hit while of course muttering multiple times to myself, “Will it matter a year from now?”

How to build trust by being a self-deprecating horn tooter

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips September 26, 2017
How to build trust by being a self-deprecating horn tooter

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series. I recall the time I ran for a seat on the…

How perspective (and a Post-it) can make you a better professional

Andrea Howe
Category : Weekly tips September 19, 2017
How perspective (and a Post-it) can make you a better professional

This post is part of our Weekly Tips series. My 90-year-old mom broke her wrist the other day and it…


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