This post is about what I’d say to new clients if I said anything.
I wrote about this because this week, I had a RAISING CLARITY exploratory phone meeting with a potential new client who found me through my marketing pipeline! I was shocked he found me through an ad; most people find me through a personal connection.*
I use RAISING CLARITY exploratory meetings (also called “scope of work” at the bottom of our consulting and coaching pages) to figure out if I can help and want to help. Those are two different things nowadays: I feel increasingly confident in my abilities to help, and increasingly picky about whom I want to help!
After meeting #1, our potential soul-colleague is considering hiring me. I normally don’t think twice about someone while they do this. I just let them figure it out.
Musing about what’s worth telling you this week, however, I want to take a break from exploring collaborative wealth to make myself get clear on what I’d say to new clients if I said anything. If I really really thought I could help them and I really really wanted to work with them.
Here’s What I’d Say to New Clients If I Said Anything.
If I Only Said One Thing About RAISING CLARITY to a New Client:
You have to really want to get clear about money in your life.
We will work you hard! And you will succeed. You will own your money and your time when you are done with us. (If you don’t, I modestly submit, you aren’t done. 🙂
If I Were Speaking to a Spiritual Person:
We will use your spiritual practice to help you with money. We will integrate your spiritual and your rational side, probably by helping you budget money and time.
If I Were Speaking to a Non-Spiritual Person:
We will use your rational mind to help you with money and help you have more time. We will integrate that with your feelings about money, and if you’re willing, we’ll propose a contemplative practice to help you get perspective and some leash on that mind of yours.
If They Say, Why Are You Talking to Me About Time? I Want More Money:
When people think they need more money, what they often turn out to need, at least when they come to RAISING CLARITY, is more time. Why not cut to the chase? It’s often smarter to laser in on reclaiming our time. (Look at how often we blog about time!)
If They Say, No, I Really Want More MONEY:
Loyal readers, you know me. The first thing I’d respond is: What for?
What Do You Wish We’d Say to New Clients?
Tell us, in a comment to this post.
*I’ve stopped advertising and commonly advise clients to stop too–in favor of devoting the time, money, and energy spent on advertising to focused, dedicated relationship-building with one’s network. My two ads are in Communities magazine, The Grassroots Fundraising Journal, and on their respective websites.