Wednesday, April 02, 2008

66 Tips For Better Networking - #67 - Always Give A Little More Than Expected

Route 66 - The Journey Toward Success

Always Give A Little More Than Expected

Whenever possible you should deliver something extra. Your clients, co-workers, friends and others expect you to do a good job. Doing good work is the minimum. It is your entrance fee for being in the game, but to really energize your career and achieve the highest levels of success, you need to produce something beyond expectations.

In the olden days when people used to visit bakeries (we now seem to only purchase mass produced breads and pastries at the supermarket) a customer would buy a dozen items and then find thirteen items in the box. The term "a baker's dozen" meant that when paying for twelve you would get thirteen. The baker appreciated his customers who purchased in bulk and would always toss in one extra.

I love the concept of "a baker's dozen". This saying was not born because bakers could not count, instead it is the proof that they understood the power in going the extra mile....and they did it consistently.

Successful people always look for ways to stand out from their competition. They do not get tired of discovering ways to "wow" their clients, and are invigorated when they have the chance to shine. Real leaders instinctively assist others and share 100% of themselves with everyone. They are never scared to expose their inner-self and they do this through how they serve those around them.

Do not simply provide the same level of service as everyone else, push yourself to go a little further. Surprise and delight your clients in ways they do not expect and you will always be remembered. Avoid being a commodity by your customized and calculated actions that crush the competition.

Thank you for reading the "66 Tips For Better Networking Series" on The Some Assembly Required Blog. I hope that you have enjoyed "the journey toward success" and that I have provided value.

Have A Great Day.



Kaizen Consulting Blog said...

This was a good food for thought article. Thank you.

Mike said...

Hey Thom,

I've read every one and have enjoyed them all.

Thanks for sharing !

Looking forward to your next project....