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Advice for Meetings
Enchant Customers
7 Ways to Make Customers Enjoy Working With You
Control Your Debtors
Company Secretarial Q & A by Maria Fahy
Deadlines and Reminders by Sinead Herlihy
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October 2012

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Enchant Customers

In his book, EnchantmentThe Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions, Guy Kawasaki outlined the path to "enchantment" in 10 steps.

1. Be Likeable

It's simple. You cannot achieve anything if people do not like you. When Kawasaki met Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, Branson asked Kawasaki if he flew Virgin. "When I said that I was a United Global Services member, he got down on his knees and started polishing my shoes with his jacket. This is the moment I started flying Virgin," Kawasaki wrote.

2. Be Trustworthy

 "You can like Charlie Sheen--that doesn't mean you trust Charlie Sheen,". Trust is never a given, so your company needs to be proactive and project an air of trust. One easy way to extend the first hand of trust to your customers is by giving them something, with no strings attached.

3. Perfect Your Product or Service

It's a lot easier to enchant people with great stuff than rubbish. So how can you tell if your product or service is 'great stuff?' It's great, if it's "deep, intelligent, complete, empowering, and elegant."

4. Tell a Great Story

Your company needs an origin story. Look no further than eBay, with its founding story of Pierre Omidyar wanting to enrich his girlfriend's ability to trade Pez dispensers (her alleged hobby). It's a cute story, but a made up tale. "But you need a story."

5. Overcome Resistance

Kawasaki says it might be tough to get a parent to buy a kid a shoot-em-up game. But what about a game that's marketed as an educational toy? Sure, parents will buy that. Other ways to overcome resistance: show social proof--your friends are doing it!--or providing data as evidence

6. Make your Enchantment Enduring

At Grateful Dead concerts, there was a special area for show taping. The band wasn't worried about piracy; they wanted the concert to endure over time. How can you apply this to your business? Invoke reciprocation at every chance you get. When someone says "thank you," the optimal response isn't "you're welcome," Kawasaki writes. It's "I know you would do the same for me."

7. Be a Great Presenter

When speaking to a group, customise the introduction to your audience. Kawasaki does this by showing an intro slide of him doing something the local people--be it in Edinburgh or Istanbul--can relate to, like eating haggis or trying on a fez at a bazaar. Keep your presentation short. Kawasaki says the optimal formula for a presentation is 20 minutes and 10 slides, using 30-point font.

8. Use Technology

"It's a great time to enchant people with technology, because technology is fast, free, and ubiquitous,". But there will always be speed bumps when new technology is involved. (Think: An indecipherable captcha screen.) Get rid of it, or risk losing customers.

9. Enchant Up

How do you impress your boss? "When your boss asks you to do something, you drop everything else, and do it,". If it's a big project, you should drop everything and make a prototype--fast. Draft an early rendering, and ask your boss if that's what he's looking for.

10. Enchant Down

If you're the boss, you need to not only enchant your customers, but also your employees. One easy way: "Show that you are willing to suck it up,". Bottom line: Get your hands dirty.

Try out Kawasaki's 10-step formula to see if it works. 

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