Clients crave predictability. They find comfort in knowing what to expect — especially in stressful situations like the ones you handle for them everyday.
But how can you deliver more certainty to your clients? After all, outcomes are impossible to predict and matters ebb and flow from beginning to end. You keep your clients “in the know,” writing them when something’s going on, calling or meeting with them when there’s something to discuss and billing them (almost) every month.
If you want to understand how predictable you are to clients, begin by looking at each file as they do.
While a file may remain “active” to you, your clients may feel otherwise. Their only cues to the activity on their case come from you, in the form of correspondence, calls, meetings or bills . When they’re not receiving regular, predictable updates on what’s happening, they become uncomfortable and stressed.
Want to better understand how your clients perceive your handling of their matter? Using the diagram below as a guide, take a few active files and a blank calendar, and map out for each the days you write the client, call them, meet them or bill them. What do you see?
If you asked your clients to name the next thing they expect from you (and when they’ll get it) would they have a answer?
If your client interactions look as unpredictable and scattered as the ones below, that’s probably how your clients are feeling about the work you’re doing for them. By giving them a measure of certainty about the things you can control, you’ll have much calmer clients, who are much happier with the work you do.