It’s not easy to manage your clients’ expectations. They want a better outcome, but they don’t necessarily want the pain that comes along with obtaining that better outcome. Here are some of the ways you can get into trouble:
Leaving out the ugly parts. To win, you have to convince a prospect that you can achieve a better outcome for him. But telling your prospect how difficult it will be to get to that outcome doesn’t make him feel good about buying from you (especially if he has to do a large part of the heavy lifting).
You know that some of your competitors will suggest that they can get a better outcome, and they won’t tell your prospect how difficult it will be to get there. Some will even tell your prospect that he can get the outcome he is seeking for an amount lower than he is currently investing.
You know this is true. So you leave out the ugly parts, the parts where your prospect has to spend more, change some of the ways he does business or change in some other way that is difficult for him. Enter the vicious cycle.
The vicious cycle. Your prospect wants to believe the fairy tale that she can have everything she wants if only she chooses the right person to work with, preferably one with the lowest price. When she hears that she can have it all, she buys the lie, only to be disappointed.
Then you show up with the promises she’s heard before. Any wonder she’s skeptical? Yet, she really wants to believe—it would make everything so much easier.
Without telling your prospect what she really needs to do to get the outcomes she wants, you become another failure in a long line of failed partnerships. So, you try to manage expectations after the fact.