What makes a good client?
While I answered the question, I felt my answer left something to be desired, so I have been thinking about that question since. Here's what I've come up with so far...would love to hear what you have to say, regardless of your line of work.
A great client is...
~ someone who keeps their appointment.
~ someone who arrives on time, not 20 minutes early, nor 20 minutes late.
~ someone who is well-prepared to tackle career matters.
~ someone who is receptive to learning.
~ someone who does not fold their arms when you are sharing information. :)
~ someone who smiles at you and makes you feel comfortable in your own space.
~ someone who appreciates your commitment to them.
~ someone who is willing to do their homework.
~ someone who is willing to do their homework and honors their word in getting back to you when they say they will.
~ someone who has a great attitude.
~ someone who entrusts you to uphold the highest standards of service delivery excellence on their behalf.
~ someone who doesn't blame others for their plight.
~ someone who will refer you if you have done a stellar job for them.
~ someone who gladly pays your fee without quibbling, fussing about it.
~ someone who might become your very best friend.
~ someone who is willing to invest a fair and reasonable amount of time and money in their career management success.
~ someone who doesn't reschedule / cancel on you minutes before your designated appointment time.
~ someone who has done their due diligence and knows the value you deliver.
~ someone who asks questions of clarification.
~ someone who asks good questions to help them better understand and learn.
~ someone who is willing to pay it forward and share their knowledge.
~ someone who is willing to do the relentless hard work of looking for new employment without making excuses for how bad this or that is.
~ someone who makes you feel that what you do really does make a difference.
~ someone who 'gets it'.
~ someone whose respect you hope to earn.
~ someone who is enjoyable to work with and not a pain in the backside.
~ someone who will trust you to guide them on a path of continued success, and / or someone who will be open to possibilities, ideas and course corrections.
~ someone who affirms your thinking that you are doing what you were called to do.
~ someone who adds value to the client / service provider 'partnership'.
~ someone who won't hesitate to share with you what they like, what they don't about your work and you are grateful for that.
~ someone who you want to run to, not from, in aisle 14 of the grocery store.
~ someone who takes the time to say thank you.
~ someone you will remember for a long, long time.
These are a few ideas about 'what constitutes a good client'. What do you think makes a good client?