To be successful in the pet industry or any other industry, business owners must not focus on running their business well, but making meaningful, personal connections with consumers and business partners. In times of difficulty, having strong bonds with other business owners can be the difference between handling things on your own and struggling your way to failure or having the support you need to succeed. If you become part of a pet franchise, you’re also going to want to know how to build better relationships with other franchisees and your franchisor. If you’re not sure how to do that, consider the following:
Honor Individuals for Who They Are
This is much easier said than done in almost every case, especially if the individual in question has different views than you on something you feel particularly passionate about. However, in order to build stronger bonds with others, you must not only see people for who they truly are, but honor and respect them for it both inside and outside of the pet industry. In order to do this, you must pay attention, listen, learn, look, ask questions, be curious, use your intuition, and acknowledge those you are speaking to.
Have Real Conversations
While it’s extremely easy to keep work associates in the pet industry at arm’s length with casual discussion, you can create stronger bonds by talking about real life matters. Engage people with meaningful conversation. Even a little at a time goes a long way in the mind of the other person. Keep personal and meaningful talk appropriate for the company and you will feel a stronger bond and care growing between you and the other parties in no time.
Believe in Them and be Vocal About It
If you want to see your relationship blossom with an individual, believe in them. Don’t condition your belief on whether they’re working in the pet industry or somewhere else. If you believe in someone, support them verbally. Authentic belief is a powerful thing for someone to witness. The easiest way to do this is to tell someone you believe in them when they say they can or want to do something. Your words should be sincere because people can and do see through false belief and smoke blowing.
Help Them Grow
Whether someone is starting out or reaching out to you for help, if you give that individual help, you will build your connection with them. If your business is in the pet industry and theirs is somewhere else, you may not be able to offer too much personalized information in the business, but you can offer encouragement, partnership, and knowledge from the eye of a business owner, and so much more than you may think. What you may think is everyday knowledge may be someone else’s saving grace. What you might think as just listening to someone’s problems may be what causes them to have the epiphany that saves their business. If nothing else, being available is one of the best ways you can help someone grow and is often what most business owners and entrepreneurs in the pet industry or other industries need.