Poll: Do you reply to the season greetings from your clients/colleagues?
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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
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Yes, but mostly to my clients... Dec 18, 2010

I wish but cannot reply all the greetings. Many thanks to my ''good'' clients via this forum.

Best wishes from Anatolia

[Edited at 2010-12-18 08:53 GMT]


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patriciacharnet  Identity Verified
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yes Dec 18, 2010

to all of them - although not always immediately, but I do.

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Sheila Wilson  Identity Verified
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It would be rude not to Dec 18, 2010

But I don't initiate them myself.

I'm not too keen on this idea that everyone must send greetings to everyone else just because it's the end of December / beginning of January. I'm happier sending more meaningful emails at odd times during the year.


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Suzan Hamer  Identity Verified
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Me neither. Dec 18, 2010

Sheila Wilson wrote:

I'm not too keen on this idea that everyone must send greetings to everyone else just because it's the end of December / beginning of January.


Especially the "automatic" greetings I receive obviously only because I'm on someone's mailing list, even if I haven't worked for them for years....and in some cases, NEVER worked for them.

[Edited at 2010-12-18 11:30 GMT]


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Colleages, yes; clients, no Dec 18, 2010

I love hearing from virtual colleagues and finding out what's going on in their live.s

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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes. Dec 18, 2010

Suzan Hamer wrote:

Sheila Wilson wrote:

I'm not too keen on this idea that everyone must send greetings to everyone else just because it's the end of December / beginning of January.


Especially the "automatic" greetings I receive obviously only because I'm on someone's mailing list, even if I haven't worked for them for years....and in some cases, NEVER worked for them.

[Edited at 2010-12-18 11:30 GMT]


It surely would be rude not to reply - even iif it's one of those automated things. That's the bottom line. The little more in-depth"line", being either on someone-you-know's mailing list or one someone's who's on some complete stranger's thanks to all those forwarded/chain emails. And IMHO "automatic" greetings are worse than not sending any at all. Thus, I'm always trying to personalize mine. The same applies to the replies.


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Marlene Blanshay  Identity Verified
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all or most Dec 18, 2010

I admit i get a little annoyed at those automated greetings from agencies for whom I have never even worked! the ones from my regular clients or new clients, definitely send a response.

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Anna Katikhina  Identity Verified
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other Dec 18, 2010

... to some clients and most colleagues

It's just that I've got idiosyncratic reaction to mailing list-like greetings. But I always reply to personalized messages.


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maryblack  Identity Verified
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Amen! Dec 18, 2010

Sheila Wilson wrote:

But I don't initiate them myself.

I'm not too keen on this idea that everyone must send greetings to everyone else just because it's the end of December / beginning of January. I'm happier sending more meaningful emails at odd times during the year.


And the same goes with gifts!


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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
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Awkward situation Dec 25, 2010

My clients tend to send specifically "Christmas" greetings, which puts me in an awkward spot. Personally, I find such messages presumptuous and disrespectful (just as it would be presumptuous of me to randomly wish all my clients an easy fast on Yom Kippur and act surprised and offended if any of them corrected me and said they weren't Jewish).

Whether I reply and what I say depends on my mood and whether it was a mass mailing or personal message.

Usually I write back with the message I would have liked to receive: Have a great weekend and best wishes for 2011. Occasionally I'll correct people: Well, it's not my holiday but if you do celebrate it, have a merry Christmas.

Frankly I'd rather not be put in the position of having to come up with a polite reply to a message that shouldn't have been sent in the first place. After all, most people in the world aren't Christian, including a lot of our clients and suppliers. Why make assumptions and risk straining a business relationship?

[Edited at 2010-12-25 19:17 GMT]


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