46 Inspiring Business Relationship Quotes

Updated Dec 2, 2022.
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What is the secret to a profitable and flourishing business? Most people will opt for great products and services. You are not entirely wrong if you choose. Sometimes, we forget that relationships are the lifeblood of every business

Relationships can make or break your business.

A good business relationship involves positive relationships between various stakeholders and entities in any business corporation. These entities revolve around business partners, employers, employees, media, service providers, vendors, and customers. 

Building a positive relationship contributes significantly to developing new business opportunities and creating more investment opportunities. 

Business Relationship Quotes To Inspire Business Partnerships, Collaboration, and Increased Productivity

Successful businesses thrive on positive relationships; the best ones are strong long-term relationships. These relationships can come from partnerships, collaborations, or even investments. This section contains business relationship quotes about the importance of forming business partnerships and collaboration.  

This part explains what business relationships are and why they are important. 

01
“In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires and encourages others to do their best.”
– Zig Ziglar

Building strong relationships enhances communication skills. Positive relationships create a positive business environment for employees to thrive and grow. No one wants to work in a hostile environment. 

Strong relationships encourage effective communication among employees, managers, and even customers. 

Effective communication is the bridge between people of diverse cultures, statuses, and backgrounds. Nobody knows what you have in mind, thus the need for effective communication. To achieve effective communication in the workplace;

  • State what you want to say,
  • State the reasons why you are telling them, and 
  • State the actions to take. 

Proper communication encourages people to do their best, especially when they feel valued. 

02
“To have a healthy and thriving business, there must be healthy relationships with the C.E.O.S. in the organization, and I'm not referring to the Chief Executive Officers. I am talking about the Customers, the Employees, the Owner (or stockholders), and the Suppliers.”
— James Hunter

A healthy business relationship points you to better leads and prospects. In achieving this beneficial relationship, you must maintain a balance. You don't hold a relationship with the customers and neglect others. 

Your business is not made up of you alone. In fact, the success of your business relies on the real CEOS — customers, employees, stockholders, and suppliers. Without them, you would have no business. 

A healthy customer relationship encourages both customer loyalty and brand loyalty. Customers tend to return to businesses they have a strong relationship with. 

03
“The golden rule is of no use unless you realize that it is your move.”
— Frank Crane

The golden rule states, “Treat Others As You Want To Be Treated.” It implies that if you want your employers, associates, and employees to treat you respectfully, you must also hand it out to them. The golden rule points to the fact that it all starts with you. 

If you want to establish strong relationships among your team members and others involved in your business, it's up to you to take the step. 

Everything you want to be done in your business environment starts with you. You lead the way, and others follow. 

04
“If you're living in the community and you own your local businesses, and you're engaged in the local economy, you should have a definite interest in the strength and health of your community, the caring relationships that bind people together.”
— David Korten

Your active participation in community festivals, volunteer work, and charitable donations spur the community to know you are part of them, not just in words but also in actions. As a local business owner that lives and works in that community, you have a duty to the community. 

People feel more drawn to businesses that actively form a relationship with them. It could be through your content on social media or email. What matters is that you make your customers the center of these relationships.

You can use Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software to help maintain a positive relationship with your customers. 

05
“I don't want to be just a voice on the phone. I must get to know these guys face-to-face and develop a sincere relationship. That way, if we run into problems in a deal, it doesn't get adversarial. We trust each other and have the confidence we can work things out.”
— Wayne Huizenga

Are you aware that physical communication promotes trust and feelings and enhances more significant and extensive collaborations? Human relationships are very volatile. If they are not built on a strong foundation (trust), it won't take long before they crumble.

Despite technology and remote meetings being the new normal, there is a need for face-to-face conversations. 

An employee-employer business relationship is built on respect and trust. But how do you expect your employees to have a good relationship with you if they don't see or trust you? 

As an employer or manager, don't just be a voice your workers know; attach a physical presence. To achieve this, do the following:

  • You can create physical, social spaces where ideas are shared
  • Asides from work-related, you can organize a fun event to be attended by your workers. 

This way, they feel more connected to you and trust you. They have confidence that it will work out no matter how things turn out. 

06
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
– Dale Carnegie

This wise quote comes straight from the author of the popular bestseller “How To Win Friends and Influence People.” This book is one of the best business books every entrepreneur and business leader should read. It is easy to make friends; unfortunately, not everyone knows the art of doing so. 

Building relationships is not all about you. It is about adding value to other people. People are more attracted to relationships where they feel valued. They will not want to do business with you if all you do is to talk about yourself. 

B2B Buyers Biggest Turn off with the sales Experience
Source: Monetize

Good relationships are the core of every business, and creating relationships can sometimes be challenging. 

Building relationships is one way to give value and device value. The more value you give others, the more trust they have in you. The best way to give value is to show interest in others. This makes them feel special and happy. 

A great benefit of positive employee-employer relationships is that you have greater chances of retaining high-value employees. It also boosts employee engagement, thus improving productivity.         

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“Courteous treatment will make a customer a walking advertisement.”
– James Cash Penney

Another type of business relationship is the one with your customers. Customers who value you will not just only return, but they will also tell others about you. The best part is that you don't even have to pay them. They are ready to tell all their friends and family about how great your products and services are

But to get that, you must be intentional about building a strong customer relationship with them. This means that you have to treat all your customers with respect. It doesn't matter how much they are paying. 

One of the best ways to do that is through effective customer service. Hubspot statistics show that about 68% of customers agree that they will keep buying from a brand that has good customer service. The same statistics also show that 33% of customers are willing to pay up to 9x more for a brand with excellent customer service. 

It is important to understand that you and all staff members are representatives of your business. You must be careful of how you treat customers. One bad report can go through the ears of over 100 potential customers.

Ensure that every staff member knows how to handle different situations irrespective of job descriptions. The courteous treatment starts with establishing effective telephone and customer care services or call-centers to manage complaints and angry clients, take messages, and give directions, sales, and product updates. You can also improve your customer service practices. 

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“You don't build a business, you build people, and then those people build the business.”
– Zig Ziglar

In business, you can't do it all alone. You need a team; building your team equals making people. Aside from your customers, your business's success depends on your team's effectiveness. The quality of your team affects the quality of your products and services. 

Invest in building your team's self-esteem as an entrepreneur or an employer. You should also encourage teamwork and collaboration by using team collaboration software and encouraging team members to focus on effective teamwork quotes

As an entrepreneur or manager, you are a leader. Being a leader means you influence your team. You guide their decisions and help them become better. In turn, they use their knowledge and efforts to produce better results. 

Additionally, you should also boost their morale. Employees perform better when they have a good relationship with their superiors and when these superiors recognize their efforts. 

09
“Building fruitful and lasting relationships starts with abandoning the conventional ‘me”-based thoughts that are so prevalent in the business world and so easy to slip into in our personal lives.”
– Michelle Tillis Lederman

A popular saying goes, “Your Network is Your Networth.” Your network is made up of people, and each one has the power to introduce you to new and better opportunities. When you fail and need to get back on your feet, these people will help you get a strong footing. 

Now, the problem is not in building a network. Rather, it is on the quality of the network you are building. You can't expect to win over valuable people without sacrificing some value in return. 

Always aim to build quality relationships with people you can learn from. You don't need to pretend to be what you are, not just to get their approval. Just be yourself and focus on building trust. Remember, adding value to others is one of the key ways of building high-quality business networks

Networking Tips to Build your Business & Career
 Source: Lifehack

The reality is that lasting business relationships don't just happen overnight. They require consistency and hard work. Your business network should consist of people you can count on and rely on for insight and direction. 

You can't achieve such friendships by just projecting yourself and your lifestyle in every discussion. While meeting people, give people chances to talk about themselves and listen. Ask questions surrounding them and their goals. 

Networking Tips & Conversation Starters
Source: Lucas Group
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“Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning.”
– Chris Cavanaugh

Storytelling is a means people connect to your brand. When people click, they engage, further influencing the business. Stories draw your audience and customers' attention, hook and engage them, so they take action. 

Enjoy the maximum use of storytelling in connecting by utilizing emotions, and sensory descriptions, building your story with conflict, and establishing relatable characters. 

The more connected customers and investors feel toward your brand goals and vision, the more they will invest their money and time in your business. 

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“It's hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
— Babe Ruth

Instead of making enemies in business, you should focus on making friends and associates. In fact, as a start-up business owner or a young entrepreneur, I strongly advise you shouldn't make enemies at all. 

Your focus should be on building strong relationships with other successful businesses in your field. These businesses already know the “nits and grits” of your industry, whereas you are just starting. 

So, rather than competing against them, you should focus on learning from them. While equipping yourself with all the knowledge and finances possible, you must also equip yourself with valuable relationships. 

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“Technology does not run an enterprise, relationships do.”
— Patricia Fripp

While you work to strengthen your business operations with the right team technology, never forget the main foundation the business rests on – relationships. 

Technology keeps the business running smoothly but the right relationships keep the business afloat. You have a dying business without good relationships with your customers, employees, investors (partners), and suppliers (vendors). It is only a matter of time before it collapses.

Focus on building your business relationships. Business relationships are of different types:

  • Customer relationships 
  • Employee relationships 
  • Competitor relationships 
  • Legal relationships 
  • Business Partnerships 
  • Leader/Mentor relationships 

All these relationships are important for your business. So focus on building them. It is great to have a strong support system. 

Business Relationship Quotes For Effective Workplace Communication 

It is no secret that effective communication in business places increases profitability and a better work focus among its participants. As a leader, your ability to effectively communicate (speak and listen) to your workers, customers, and even your investors is an important leadership quality, you must have. You cannot build quality internal and external business relationships if you cannot effectively communicate. 

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“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.”
— Tony Robbins

A workplace comprises people from various backgrounds and perspectives. Not everyone will reason the way you do, and you need to understand. This is why you need to develop and encourage productive communication skills

Lack of communication is one of the major reasons for workplace conflicts. Employees don't agree on superiors' decisions without their knowledge, co-workers misinterpret work emails, and so on. 

For an organization to thrive and be more productive, it needs to have a good communication foundation. As an employer, learn how to communicate with the various types of humans. For example, the social and extroverted, the creative, and the task-oriented style. 

7 Ways to Improve Communication in the workplace
Source: Logan Consulting 
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“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't said.”
— Peter Drucker

Communication is not just expression, listening, and understanding your audience's expectations and barriers. It also involves listening to what is not said. Successful listening is not all about understanding spoken or written information. It goes deeper into understanding how your speaker feels during communication. 

While in a conversation, watch out for body language – non-verbal signs. These signs could be in the body position, facial expression, gestures, attitude, tone, eye contact, muscle tension, hand movement, and the way they breathe. 

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“How well we communicate is determined not by how well we say things, but how well we are understood.”
— Andrew Grove

Many broken relationships and conflicts result from miscommunication or misunderstandings. And most times, it is usually from the sender.

Let me explain.

Communication is not measured based on the number of words you have spoken. Instead, it is complete when your audience can relate to the information you are passing along. What if, after passing information, either virtual or physical and nobody understood? You just handled a monologue. 

To ensure your listeners understand you, you need to follow some steps: 

  • Be an active listener, 
  • Speak to connect with your listeners,
  • Be accurate and use neutral descriptions, and 
  • Understand the wishes, needs, and values of your listeners. 
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“The quality of your communication determines the size of your result.”
— Meir Ezra

Proper and effective communication attracts the right audience, while low-quality communication produces a low result. Communication is about ‘how you say it rather than what you say to achieve the desired result. 

You can communicate quality by adding meaning to what you say or hear. Placing a watchword over these areas ensures the audience understands and thereby increases a surge in positive results. 

17
“If you want to succeed at a goal, you need to understand why you want it.”
— Michael Dobson

Communication doesn't revolve alone around other humans. One of the best forms of communication you can have is with yourself. You can only produce what you have inside

To succeed at your goal, clearly define what you want and why you want it. It all begins with goal setting and asking yourself if this is the big picture you want. Carefully consider what you want to achieve and what you want, and then use it. 

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“It takes time, communication and pure honesty to build a good relationship in business.”
– Anonymous

Relationships are not (and can never be) built overnight, nor do they thrive in dishonesty. To establish a business relationship, allow it time to grow and flourish. You don't need to rush things. 

For example, you will come off as creepy if you try to push a relationship with a potential investor or force yourself to have a relationship with your workers. By doing that, you are generating repulsive behavior. 

Invest in relationships and give room for growth. When dealing with some of your clients, be careful. Come clean, if possible, and define the connection from the start. 

The best relationships are built on trust and value. 

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“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.”
— Tony Robbins

Every successful relationship is built on effective communication. What you say, how you say it, and how it affects people's lives is an essential aspect of communication. As a good communicator, be aware of what you say, how you say it, and how well your audience listens. 

You must choose your words wisely and carefully, listen to yourself always when talking, be concise and clear, and respect your listener. A good listener will keep eye contact and give you full attention. Pay attention to the body skills you give off when you're talking, your words, and your listening skills. 

If you are very observant with words and what goes on around you, there is a very high chance that you are detail-oriented. 

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“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.”
– Warren Buffett

Words, no matter how little, are very powerful. They can build or destroy a relationship. There is a popular belief that bosses are rude and arrogant. They say horrible things to their workers without caring about the effect. 

These bosses have a toxic work environment and low productivity. 

As a leader, your words matter a lot to your team members. They can encourage your team members or break them. Always choose your words carefully, even when you are angry. 

It takes time to get people to trust you. Once you do, you must never break that trust. 

If you need more inspiration to be an excellent boss, you can meditate on some of these powerful boss quotes

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“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Assumption is the biggest killer of effective communication. Never assume that the other party understands your message till they confirm so. This is why it is very important to always ask for feedback. When communicating with your workers and team members, always ask for feedback. With their feedback, you will be able to know if they completely understood your messages and instructions. 

You and your team can still handle the organization's daily operations using quality team communication tools, even if you are at different locations. You can get live feedback from your team members too. 

If you are the receiver, you should also send feedback to prevent any future misunderstanding. You can't assume that you understand the information till you have given feedback and the sender confirms.

  • Look for any potential discrepancies in definitions, experiences, etc., before the conversation to prevent future problems.
  • Make an effort to hear them out totally and attentively.
  • Inquire if you think you've misread or misunderstood. 
  • Repeat what you think they said at each logical turn in the discourse.
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“In many ways, effective communication begins with mutual respect, communication that inspires and encourages others to do their best.”
– Zig Ziglar

To be an effective communicator, you must inform, encourage and constructively criticize your team members. The more you can do, the more shape your team forms. 

Lack of effective communication is one of the many reasons why businesses and projects fail. This level of communication is based on the level of understanding your team gets from what you say. Therefore, allow what you say to inspire and encourage your workers to be their best version. 

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“Speak when you are angry, and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.”
— Dr. Laurence J. Peter

Don't ever be that boss or colleague who speaks when angry. Maybe you have delegated tasks, but some of your team members underperformed, which affected the success of your project. Rather than scold your employees or push the blame on them, you can handle the situation with wisdom and maturity. 

When we are angry, we tend to say many hurtful things. But a wise man once said, “Never speak whenever you feel very emotional, whether good or bad emotions.” When you feel stronger emotions, you are most likely to say anything that comes to mind without thinking about the effects your words can cause. 

Building relationships requires you to know and discipline yourself against reacting badly to unfavorable situations. Always remember that the quality of your words can turn people towards you or away from you. 

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“Make sure you are understood. Don't blame the other person for not understanding. Instead, look for ways to clarify or rephrase what you are trying to say so it can be understood.”
— Joel Garfinkle

The basis of communication is that your receiver understands. When your receiver doesn't understand, please don't pass the blame on to them for not listening. Instead, rephrase and use simple vocabulary so they can easily understand your message. Also, use examples and illustrations to convey your message. 

Sticking to just one way of communication to pass information is not the ideal way to communicate, especially at work. Look for ways to clarify your point. 

When building relationships with investors and potential business partners, focus on having meaningful conversations. Everything is not and should never be all about you or your business. You should show genuine interest in others too. It makes you look more pleasant to associate with. 

Inspirational Quotes About Building Positive Business Relationship Quotes 

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The best system I've ever seen for intellectual distribution is the direct selling business-also known as one-to-one marketing, network marketing, referral marketing, or relationship marketing.
— Paul Zane Pilzer

One of the best ways to build a solid relationship is to include the relationship marketing strategy as part of your effective marketing strategies

Relationship marketing is a customer-centric strategy that benefits customer retention and loyalty; the most significant way retailers generate more revenue. 

Most Significant Retail Revenue Drivers
Source: Neil Patel

A good relationship marketing strategy will not just turn your existing customers to free advertisers but also get new customers. Customers who love you will promote your business for free. But first, you have to make your strategy effective. 

Use the power of personalization. Customers who see a personal value attached to your product/services are more willing to pay higher. 

Personalization promotes an emotional response from clients

. And emotionally connected clients are more likely to stay loyal to your business. 

Also, communicate effectively with your customers and leverage the power of social media to connect on a deeper level to them. You can also include personalized emails in your marketing strategy. 

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“You'll succeed best when you put the restless, anxious side of affairs out of mind, and allow the restful side to live in your thoughts”
– Margaret Stowe

Negative, pessimistic, and worrisome thoughts never do you any good. They only mess with your health. Focus on the positivity and the bright side of all those affairs, and watch yourself move further, faster. 

You can’t successfully operate your business without people. In fact, every stage of your business development must involve people. Therefore, you should aim to connect with people on deeper levels. Whether they are customers/clients, workers, suppliers, mentors, or other entrepreneurs like you doesn't matter. 

The first and most important principle of building valuable relationships is to understand that everyone has their own interests, desires, and motives. You should learn to respect that and not force relationships. Relationships are built on mutual benefits.  

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Relationships are personal, even in business, so sharing some of yourself and taking an interest in others helps to build trust and break down walls.
– Dinesh Paliwal

This quote brings me to the second principle of building relationships: You have to be a person of honesty and value. You cannot get people to trust you overnight. It starts with sharing a bit of yourself with others, connecting with them, and taking an interest in what they do to build and sustain a relationship. 

Breaking down your walls to extend a relationship beyond business with a colleague is not bad. It makes for better working conditions and more business deals. People want to connect with people, not businesses. So, you shouldn’t make boring conversations about business talks

When you see relationships as people, you see opportunities to add value to the other party. 

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“I believe that you can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
— Zig Ziglar

The most successful people in the world are those who live for others. “Living for others” doesn’t mean you should be their puppet. Rather, it means you should always find ways to give value. Nobody wants to lose a valuable ally. 

You show your worth by the value you add to people. 

In the case of a customer relationship, you add value by giving high-quality products, services, and customer services. Your customer service can strengthen or destroy your relationship with your customers. 

Therefore, ensure your customers have a thrilling experience interacting with your business. Whether physical or online (social media or website), your customer service should make your customers feel valued and respected. A happy customer will advertise your business to hundreds of people for free. 

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“Creativity is contagious; pass it on.”
— Albert Einstein

It's beautiful to be skilled at something and to have someone to imbibe what you know. However, you are not a good leader if you are the only creative person on your team. 

Good leadership goes beyond telling people what to do. It also involves being able to replicate your knowledge and ideas to others while influencing them. 

It will be unfortunate if your great idea dies with only you. There will be no one to grow your business into an international business empire or carry on your legacy with your creativity.

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“One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before going to bed.”
— Bernard Baruch

Holding on to past hurts makes you a bitter person, unable to form positive relationships with those around you. You see, if you don’t form business relationships, you miss out on amazing business opportunities. You need to let go of past hurts and failures to be more open-minded toward taking risks. 

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“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the university president.”
– Albert Einstein

Another important principle is always to treat people with respect, regardless of their status. Every team member is important, whether serving a very important or minor role. You should treat all your employees with respect and acknowledge their opinions. This is one way to build a healthy business environment. 

Your tone of speech, choice of words, and body language reveal your personality. 

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“Treat your business relationships like friendships (or potential friendships). Formality puts up walls, and walls don't foster good business relationships. No one is loyal to a wall… except the one in China.
– Steve Pavlina

One of the best ways to build your network and connect with other entrepreneurs is to show your support. It doesn’t matter if they are a start-up or a big business; showing support is an action that speaks louder than words.

Treat people with love and respect, like they are friends and family. You support friends and family. You do the same for people you want to build a relationship with. 

  • Address them by their names (no need for unnecessary formality).
  • Show up for their seed funding or other events
  • Give honest but positive feedback on their products/services
  • Promote their businesses when you can
  • Be natural (people can tell when you are trying to force a relationship).

However, before building a business relationship, identify your reason for doing so. Why do you want to form a relationship with this person or people? What are your goals? If you clearly explain your goals, it would be easier to know how to begin. 

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“You don't close a sale; you open a relationship.”
— Patricia Fripp

As a young entrepreneur or startup owner, your focus shouldn't only be on making sales and forming long-lasting relationships with your customers. You want to be that person your customer runs to whenever they need a product or service your business offers. This is one key way to have the edge over your competitors.

You can follow up on past customers a few days after a sale by sending follow-up emails or calls. It is always advisable to call them to offer more value. For example, you can offer them a free service or product upon their next purchase. This will prompt them to purchase from you again. 

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“Most of my relationships have been like that – with record companies. I've never had a legitimate business relationship with a company. I've always had a personal relationship with someone in the company.”
— Ornette Coleman

People are attracted to people, not companies. For example, Elon Musk is one of the most admired business tycoons. People would prefer to have a personal relationship with Elon Musk than with Tesla. 

You can build a good relationship with people. So, pick one or two people in a business and relate with today. It is usually best to build relationships with people at the C-suite level because they are the decision-makers. 

With people, you can connect more personally, like identifying shared goals and values. 

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“The goal is to provide inspiring information that moves people to action.”
– Guy Kawasaki

The not-so-secret rule about forming meaningful relationships is to provide something of value before asking for something else in return. This is called “serving before selling.”

You don’t necessarily have to give something physical. It could be a piece of important information you share. For example, you can use your expertise and experiences to educate, inspire, or help others. This builds a strong foundation of trust.

You must follow the same rule if you want to build business relationships online, grow a community, or connect with other business professionals. No one wants to waste time on relationships that are not beneficial. 

Therefore, if you put in the time and effort to be valuable, you will get your desired results. 

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“If you believe a business is built on relationships, make building them your business.”
– Scott Stratten

Your network of people today is what determines the extent your net worth rises tomorrow. Nothing is as substantial as having the right relationships with the right people

With the right people to support you, there's no way you won't achieve your goals. The more you grow and realize that relationships strengthen a business, the more you see the need to make the right relationships with the right people. 

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“Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.”
– Ross Perot

Business is not just about signing off on deals or marketing great products. It is a network of relationships that starts with you, the boss, and moves to your partners, employees, suppliers, and customers. 

A relationship between these parties is expected to achieve your desired sales. 

  • Good customer service attracts existing and potential customers. 
  • A good employer-employee relationship makes for excellent working conditions. 
  • An excellent relationship with business leaders and other entrepreneurs can open more doors to business opportunities for you.
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“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
– Dale Carnegie

It is pertinent that you show you are interested in people to form a relationship with them. You don't have to come off as too brash or self-centered. 

The secret to winning people over is to let them see how genuinely interested you are in them. You may not talk about yourself in the first few conversations. It doesn't matter. 

To get on people's good side, you must be genuinely interested in them. You also have to respect their opinions. You may not notice, but most people can tell when someone is faking interest in them. 

  • Look them in the eye while talking (to show self-confidence)
  • Listen and pay attention
  • Don't be too quick to speak (very important)
  • Call them by their name (personalization and genuine interest)
  • Offer words of praise
  • Give encouragement
  • Ask questions
  • Maintain contact through phone calls. 
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“If you take a sincere interest in others, they'll take a real interest in you. Build relationships, don't collect them.”
— Rebekah Radice

In a relationship, the more you keep talking about yourself and your exploits alone, the more the other person gets bored. If you are always doing this, people will leave you. 

Resist the urge to tell the world how great you are or how many accomplishments you have achieved. Instead, let them find out for themselves. They will be in awe and respect you more.

Be enthusiastic about learning about other people. You can ask questions about what they are talking about. Trust me, if you do this, you have made a great first and second impression. Also, you have given them a positive image of yourself. 

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“Where you are in five years depends on who you meet today!”
— George Stamatis

Your circle determines where you will be in the next few years. If you build a great relationship with meaningful people, the chances that you will move into the next phase of your career are very high.  

Just because you know that business relationships are very important doesn't mean you should form a relationship with every business professional you meet. Do your research and choose wisely. Not everyone is meant to be in your network.

You should choose people who are goal-oriented and success-driven. Maybe someone with an excellent entrepreneurial mindset or superb leadership skills

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“Make a consistent effort to build good relationships and offer ongoing value to your existing clients.”
– Anonymous

Building and maintaining solid client relationships is a sure means of sustaining customer retention, customer loyalty, and business growth. Instead of focusing on gaining resources for new business, work on existing clients; from there, they will refer other clients to you. 

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“Teamwork is connected to independence.”
— David Cottrell

Teamwork does not imply being dependent on each other. Instead, it is connected to independence. The best teamwork comes from people who work independently toward one goal in harmony. 

However, teamwork isn't limited to employees collaborating. It also involves business partnerships. A business partnership is formed in a relationship with mutual benefits. 

Each partner plays their part to ensure they achieve success in the end. 

Strategic Framework to Build Business Partnership
Source: Slideteam

Building a business partnership takes time and every party must be actively involved. 

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“There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money elsewhere.”
— Sam Walton

In marketing, we have always heard that the “customer is king.” Well, in business, the customer is the boss. Without their money, you cannot earn. A customer's negative experience spreads like wildfire, especially now we live in a “social-media” age. 

A bad customer review can trigger other negative responses from potential customers. You have a lot to lose when the customer decides to move to your competition. Therefore you must always be on your toes. 

Carefully study your target audience to understand better who they are and what they want. Also, stay updated on the latest trends in your industry and for consumers. 

Also, ensure your products and services are valuable. No one wants to spend their hard-earned money for nothing. If you promise value, then you MUST give value. 

Lastly, ensure your customer service is superb. People find it hard to forgive bad experiences these days. 

Remember, the customer is the boss, so you must remain on their good side. 

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“The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.”
— Robin Sharma

Everybody needs somebody. You cannot be successful in business or go through life alone. In every stage of your business development, you need humans to help you plan and move to the next level. 

It is said that connections are the backbone of every business, starting from the very top to the least. So reach out more, and build and sustain any business connection. 

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“If you honor the client as a human being, and truly honor their right to be treated fairly and honestly, everything else is much easier.”
– Doug Smith

When you treat your customers well and honor their rights, you increase profits and attract customers' loyalty and recommendations. 

No client wants to go where they are disrespected; customers want to be respected, honored and treated like a king. Give it to them, and you have them. 

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“Our company is about technology, yes. But it's also about operations and customer relationships.”
— Michael Dell

Every business thrives on positive client relationships. Your company's long-term success rests on the rapport it can establish with clients. Today's consumers are continuously assessing their interactions with the companies in their lives, and a few slip-ups could result in them dumping your business.

Build Valuable Relationships With These Business Relationship Quotes 

The right relationships can boost your success journey. This is because you are equipped with all the support you need. Never think you can succeed without the help of people. 

Your abilities are limited. So ensure you invest more time in building positive business relationships. Use the lessons in these quotes to improve your chances of forming valuable relationships. 

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Anastasia Belyh

Editor at FounderJar

Anastasia has been a professional blogger and researcher since 2014. She loves to perform in-depth software reviews to help software buyers make informed decisions when choosing project management software, CRM tools, website builders, and everything around growing a startup business.

Anastasia worked in management consulting and tech startups, so she has lots of experience in helping professionals choosing the right business software.