Last week, I wrote a friend of mine an email for her birthday. I started thinking about how long we had been friends…over 32 years! I met her when we moved to Texas when I was just a little kid. My sister and I walked around in our neighborhood and asked if there were any little kids to play with at each house. We met Krista on our second day in Texas.
Over the years, we developed a strong friendship with Krista and her parents. We had so much fun on our adventures, along with getting in trouble, too. Despite those times when we were grounded after getting in trouble, my family and I still look back down memory lane at the fond times we spent together.
My sister and I were very shy at the beginning of our friendship with Krista. It took some courage, some faith, and sometimes the benefit of the doubt in those early days of our friendship. Thankfully, we had many, many laughs mixed in, which definitely helped us solidify our relationship over the years.
In light of the reflections on my long-term friendship with Krista, I think about my business relationships through Versitas. I am so blessed with several clients that we have developed great relationships with over the years. It has been nice to watch the relationship with these clients bloom over time.
I find it very rewarding to be able to go back to do a class and to get to visit with students I’ve helped in a previous class. I love hearing about how they are using the skills that they learned in a prior training session to work more effectively. Getting to see the results of my labor really makes my day!
From a trainer’s perspective, it is great to have these long-term relationships with clients. It tells me that they like what we are doing in training and that they realize how important training is to their corporation.
Of course, every client has to start out as a new client. We enjoy every class that we do, even if it is just a one-time session. Don’t get me wrong…I love meeting new people and working with new corporations and individuals. I like the diversity and change that comes with new clients.
I’m thankful that at Versitas I get to work with a great mix of new clients and long-term clients. It is great to watch the development from a new client to into a strong training partnership over time.