This relationship development could and probably should take a long time. You need to finesse your way into their lives without appearing desperate or needy. You don’t want to be thought of as ‘that thorn in their side’, be confident and brief. Don’t impose yourself into their lives, gently enter as a fact gatherer. Learn their likes and dislikes which would also include things like do they drink coffee, if so what do they take in it? Are they family men, and what are the names of their family members? Do their children play sports and if so, which sports? All of this is done in a way that your fleet manager is unaware. This takes practice and it takes a change of attitude. You must take the dollar bills out of your head and be willing to jump in with both feet having compassion lose weight quickly. Another option, once you know how many people are a part of the fleet maintenance team, order a couple of pizzas. Have the pizza’s delivered, give it five minutes, then appear out of nowhere. Trust me, they will be both thankful and never forget your kindness. It’s unfortunate that this is a viable way to gain positive attention, but in truth, it’s really not that hard to do. Do you know of any body shops that will go the distance like this? No, not me either. Being a mobile PDR business has its advantages, you’re not strapped within the confines of the walls of a body shop. This means that you have more time to work angles that the body shop cannot.
Just like your friendships, these relationships take time and effort. However, unlike with your friends, you will need to be cognizant of your language, both body and vocal. These are professional alliances that you are striving for, there is no place for shucking and jiving.