Category: Communication Tips

  • Are you Self-Oriented or Client-Oriented?

    A client told me a story of a guy he liked, who had helped him in his career, but was self-oriented. He looked out for his own interests first. He could never quite trust this man and always had to have his nonsense detector alert for trouble when dealing with him. You don’t want people…

  • The Gap

    Everyone has a gap. A gap between where you are and where you want to be. A good Why Conversation tactfully reveals and emphasizes that gap. “It sounds like…” “It sounds like you feel like you’re working too much while barely breaking even.” “It sounds like the idea of being in the same place with…

  • More Resources for the Why Conversation

    Here are some additional resources you can explore to have better Why Conversations: Jonathan Stark’s introduction (11 minutes): https://podcast.ditchinghourly.com/episodes/the-why-conversation A more in-depth explanation (start listening at 8:20 unless you want “hourly billing is nuts” extras): https://www.businessgrowthbynumbers.com/podcasts/the-pricing-queen/episodes/2147526975 Learn Your Lines (how to answer common difficult questions): https://www.amazon.com/Learn-Your-Lines-What-Clients-ebook/dp/B0CSWY9LJM/ Josh

  • Why Why Conversations?

    Jonathan Stark describes how ridiculous it is to not have alignment with a client using a cab driver illustration*: Imagine you’re a cab driver. Someone gets in the cab and hands you $500. You ask them “Where do you want to go”? They reply, “I”ll know it when I see it, just drive.” The more…

  • Why Me? + Proposal Tips

    These are the questions that sound the most like you’re trying to talk the prospect out of working with you. The Why questions create objections for the prospect to explain why you are the right choice for them (or why you’re a bad choice if they’re a bad fit). The goal in Why Me? questions is to…

  • Why Now?

    The next category of questions are Why Now? questions. Why now? Why not wait 6 months? We have a big project coming up we need to be ready for. Because we’re losing $1000 an hour that it’s not fixed. Their answer will help you understand the urgency. Is this something they need fixed right now,…

  • Why This?

    When you conduct a Why Conversation you are like a doctor looking to diagnose the problem your patient has before you decide to prescribe medication. Let’s start with Why This? questions: “Why not leave things the way they are?“ “Why embark on such a costly and risky endeavor?“ “Why not do something cheaper?“ “Why not do [other…

  • The Braindump

    The first part of the Why Conversation is the brain dump. The client has a problem and it usually doesn’t take more than “Why did you want to get on a call today?” to get them to spill their long story. The goal of this first ~15 minutes of conversation is to take good notes,…

  • The Why Conversation

    When you have an initial conversation with a client, what questions do you ask them? What do you say? How do they respond? If you’re like my clients and my self, you probably feel like this conversation could go better than it has in the past. We have found a tool that helps us with…

  • Taking a Break

    I am taking a break this week as I’m out of town. I sent an email to my list, but forgot to post here. Thanks for reading! Josh