The holiday season is almost upon us, especially here in the United States. I already see Christmas decorations, which is crazy for October!
But one thing that I do really appreciate about this time of year is the spirit of Giving.
Whenever the holidays roll around, everyone starts getting more generous, giving gifts, buying small trinkets for a friend or coworker, giving out candy.
I’ve always been a big believer in being generous, because you have to think big in everything you do. You can’t pinch pennies if you want to make money.
This extends to your business, your employees, and your clients as well. Something as simple as a hand-written card telling a client how much you appreciate them and their hard work can really go a long way.
Let me explain why being generous will make your business even more successful.
Give to Get
There’s this really great story I remember reading from Robert Cialdini’s The Psychology of Influence about this group of people who would use an interesting tactic to get money for their group.
You’re probably wondering how someone can make money off of giving something away for free, but it worked, and here’s why:
The group members would give a flower to people walking by, as a gift, and then out of obligation the receiver would listen to what they had to say. Oftentimes, because of our instinct for reciprocity, they would donate money.
All because they had been given something first.
The psychology of this is astounding. The receivers of the flowers have no obligation to listen to what the giver has to say, but they do anyways.
Nowhere is there some law that when someone gives you an item for free you need to give money back. After all, the flower was a free gift!
But we as humans function this way, so there are ways to take advantage of this, especially as an entrepreneur.
Giving Will Grow Your Business
Now, are you trying to strong-arm clients into giving you free money? Of course not.
You’re still there to sell results. The point of this story is that when you give something first without expecting anything back, you’ll get something anyways.
Here’s how you could apply the flower technique to a fitness business:
You’ve got a client that is always dominating and has been with you for several months, so you want to show them how much you appreciate what they do.
Now here’s what happens: your client will post pictures and statuses about how generous their trainer is, they’ll let everyone know when they go out to dinner give thanks to your generosity.
Now all of their friends are seeing this, and they’re getting interested.
While you’re not a member of a group asking for donations, you’ve still benefited yourself by being selfless. That happy client’s friends and family will now have you in mind, and will come to you when they want to start making a change.
They’ll see those posts and say, “My gym doesn’t do stuff like that! What am I doing over here?”
Being generous and not pinching your pennies has opened you up to receiving new clients and good exposure for your business. You give, you get back.
Give With No Expectations
There is something extremely important that you need to keep in mind with this whole process. While you give with abundance, you need to have no expectations that you will get anything in return.
Here’s why: the second that you give with the idea that you have to get something back you’re going to fail.
When you give it needs to be because you actually care, because you want someone to know how much you appreciate them and their work. Make it personal; make it something that will make that person genuinely happy.
The second that you start giving just to give, that’s when you really start seeing benefits. Your employees will work harder and be happier. Your clients will put in even more effort and want to brag about how great they’re doing.
Because the real benefit comes in those ways. Your employees and clients will see that, yes, you really do care and appreciate, and they’ll give back in ways that benefit your business.
And not because they feel obligated, exactly, but because they have a sense of pride in what they do now, and you’ll help them feel more loyal to you and your cause.
You truly gotta give to get it, and you’ve got to give a shit.
People will ask me how I’m so fortunate, how I’ve found the success I have. And this is my answer. Not some profound marketing message, nothing like a big breakthrough.
I’m just telling you to give a damn about the people in your life, and you’ll find fortune as well.
Committed to your success,