If you don’t ask, you won’t know
Recently, my 5 year-old was dressing in short-sleeve shirts, even though it was cold outside. Day after day, this kept happening until I finally asked: “Why don’t you put on a long-sleeve shirt?” And he responded: “Because I can’t reach them in my closet.” Problem solved, all because I asked.
When is the last time you asked your clients what’s on their mind? The answers may be simple but powerful. By taking the time to reach out, it shows that you care about what they think. Plus, hearing their thoughts will offer insight into how to make your projects—and working relationship—better.
What should I ask?
I recommend starting with a few simple questions like:
- What are you struggling with right now?
- How can I help you?
- How can we improve our working relationship?
- What else can I help you with?
Once you start the conversation, more questions (and answers) will inevitably come to the surface. It’s a good idea to keep these notes with your client project files for future reference.
5 ways to ask your clients questions:
- Call them (have a few questions ready)
- Invite them for coffee
- Email a few questions
- Send a client survey (I like SurveyMonkey or Typeform).
- Check past emails for questions they have asked
I recommend starting a file to keep track of the questions clients often ask of you for easy reference (I use Evernote
Need some help brainstorming questions to ask your clients? Let’s chat!