How Important is Trust? – Very

“How important is trust in establishing long-term business relationship?” – Dr. North

But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. – 2 Corinthians 4:2

Trust is important in any relationship in life. Establishing trustworthiness and honesty is honoring God. Certainly, in the business world to be successful clients/customers rely on your honesty with them in a relationship. Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Integrity is essential to building a strong foundation and reputation. This means you will have an abundance of reoccurring loyal customers. It is known that word of mouth is the best kind of advertising. You know who you would want to do business with, so be that person.

Building trust begins simply with the way you greet the customer. Energetic positive vibes will create the stepping stone needed to begin that long term relationship. After that, continuing to establish yourself as trustworthy requires many other things. Punctuality can prove to a customer their importance to you. Sincerity will also be key in letting your customer know you truly care. Be sure to nurture the relationship by staying in touch with your customer. Always take responsibility when something goes wrong. Apologize and assure your customer you will do whatever is necessary to correct the error. These are just a few things to help a customer to feel like they can trust you.

Trust is synonymous with your reputation and it begins with the very first customer. Maintaining a certain product or service will reassure them that they know what they are getting every time. This gives them confidence in you.

Again, I can not stress enough the importance of knowing your expectations as a customer because this will translate when you are on the opposite side providing the service. I have written my paper as the provider of the service but these are also the qualities I would need to see if I were the customer paying for a service/product.

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In the words of Bob Marley integrity builds the greatness of who we are in all aspects of our lives. The fact that this will make us successful in business is a nice reward.

Increasing My Efficiency

In this assignment I was asked, “What can I cut out of my weekly schedule in order to increase my efficiency?” There are probably many ways that I can achieve this by making just small changes that add up.

First of all, before I was given this assignment I began keeping an hourly log of my day. By setting a time for each project and staying on track I was forced to realize how much time was being wasted. Each hours goal had to be met before I allowed myself to become distracted or take a break. Even breaks and lunches had to be scheduled in. I also realized what Gary North had advised me about, which is time is speeding up and priorities are essential to be successful in life.

Another way of being more efficient is to make a to-do list. Things I need to do for myself I try to prioritize and check them off as they are completed. I have self imposed deadlines and I stick to them.

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I realized the times I have gone on my phone during school inevitably took longer than I wanted it to. When I just focus on school and nothing else, it gets done much faster. So powering down my phone will become a must to be most efficient.

The other thing I would like to mention here is not something I think I should cut, but instead add. That would be sleep. A well rested person can accomplish much more than a slow exhausted person. Plus it is not healthy to lack sleep. I think these “tired” minutes will really add up to productive minutes.

“Lost time is never found again.” -Ben Franklin

Something I realized about myself regarding this assignment is that I am not the best at multitasking. I am better at focusing on one task at a time rather than juggling a bunch of them. I am trying to find my groove and what suits me best because that will certainly help me achieve more with less. I remember reading an article about just this. The article stated “When it comes to attention and productivity, our brains have a finite amount.” Therefore multitasking is really task switching. I definitely think I agree with this.

So to sum up I think being more efficient is not just about taking things out of my schedule, but also putting things in as well. Of course, nothing I wrote about will work if not applied diligently.