Whom Do You Trust These Days and Why?!
During and after divorce, women are often overwhelmed with decisions. You need professional guidance about your options, but where do you turn?
First, take a deep breath and understand that you are in control. You can drive the process to find the professionals you need by following these four quick tips!
1. Assess the areas in which you need guidance to create a winning strategy. Are these decisions stand-alone or do you need a team of advisors to collaborate on your behalf?
For example, an IT service provider, carpet installer, or PR professional are all generally isolated choices. A divorce however, requires a team of professionals (financial, real estate, legal, and mortgage) who will work together to help you meet your goals and create the best possible future.
2. Create a list of your priorities when working with a professional. Knowing the questions you want to ask in your initial interview will provide you with a sense of control and ensures that your needs and priorities will be met. Professionals will then know what your expectations are up front, and you can compare them on the basis of what's important to you. Some areas to consider are communication style, product knowledge, sense of humor, listening skills, and experience.
3. Now you're ready to start the process! Ask for at least 2-3 referrals from family members, friends, or co-workers, and then do your homework by creating your own "background check." Google each professional and read their profile on LinkedIn to gather information prior to contacting them. You'll find that this will increase your sense of preparedness and sense of control.
4. LTY--Listen to Yourself. Personal referrals always help, but think of them as a starting point. Stick to your list of priorities to stay the course of what's best for you. While the person providing the referral might have had a great experience, you might feel the suggested professional isn't a good listener, sounds too pushy, or the chemistry just isn't right for you.
Trust your instincts and take some time to think it over. Never let anyone lead you to believe that you need to make an immediate choice on whether to move forward and hire them. Remember, this decision is yours to make, in your time frame!
We'd love to hear any tips you have for hiring business professionals. Please post your thoughts for other Wildflower Group members in the comments!