Poll: Have you ever met your client(s) in person?
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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Once, with adverse result Oct 26, 2010

See my post in a poll five years ago:
http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/35736-poll:_have_you_had_any_business_trips_as_part_of_your_translation_work_on_site_client_meetings_et.html#254568


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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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almost all of them Oct 26, 2010

I rarely work for intermediaries.

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes Oct 26, 2010

I always try to visit a certain number of clients each year, some of them every year. Have great professional relationships with them as well.

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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Yes Oct 26, 2010

Most of them, not all but more than just a few!

I also pop round once every so often and notice that this type of more personal relationship is excellent marketing!


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Aisha Maniar  Identity Verified
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More important with direct clients Oct 26, 2010

In my experience, it's almost always been positive and I think I've met all the direct clients I've worked with, with the exception of a few IGOs based abroad. I'm not so sure that it's necessary to meet agency clients - have met a few of those too & again it was mainly positive - but when working directly for a company/organisation, I have found that it is useful to know exactly what it is they do and expect. As mentioned by others, it does create a better working relationship (but I guess it's like that in general).
I suspect it's a question of geography too!
Best wishes, Aisha

* I have excluded natural individuals asking for personal translations (certificates/short personal & legal documents) from the above.


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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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most of them Oct 26, 2010

Almost all my clients in Italy. The others are in the US, or in Canada, so it is diffcult, but I will

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Henry Hinds  Identity Verified
United States
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Most of them Oct 26, 2010

Now why is that not a choice? I answered "all" as closest. Most of my clients I have met personally because they are in the same town; local, direct clients. It's great to do business like that.

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Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
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No Oct 26, 2010

But, generally speaking, they have been formal in the payment and that's the important point to me.

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