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Poll: Have you ever met your foreign client(s) in person?
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Steven Capsuto  Identity Verified
United States
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Yes Feb 22, 2011

Not all of them, of course, but I've met with staff from one of my British clients (when I was in London) and quite a few of my Spanish clients (in Madrid and Barcelona).

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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Yes Feb 22, 2011

If I do not meet them at ProZ meetings, I make an attempt to drive past when am on holiday or just fly there on purpose if the turnover from them allows this. Human contact

[Edited at 2011-02-22 08:37 GMT]


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
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No, not yet Feb 22, 2011

Thus far I haven't met any of my clients. - Skype doesn't count, does it?

However, I'm planning on meeting one or two the next time I'll go on vacation.


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Adam Jarczyk  Identity Verified
Poland
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Ongoing multinational cultural cooperation Feb 22, 2011

I managed to set up an ongoing work relationship with a multinational cultural association located in Austria. The cooperation has been active for more than a decade to date, and consequently numerous projects have been worked out, with in person meetings on either side included.
I will set out to Austria for a further preparation session of yet another academic print publication the current week again.


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xxxInterlangue
Angola
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Yes Feb 22, 2011

... though not all. As a matter of fact, one collaboration started after I had met the staff in their premises.

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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
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Yes Feb 22, 2011

it's the only way to get a tax deductible trip to such delightful foreign destinations as Stafford or Swindon!

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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Yes Feb 22, 2011

but not all of them...

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Adnan Özdemir  Identity Verified
Turkey
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Yes in Spain Feb 22, 2011

In my past Spain days, I was often visited my customers in Bilbao, Valencia, Barcelona, Madrid.

Saludos desde Anatolia
Anadolu'dan selamlar

[Edited at 2011-02-22 09:36 GMT]


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Mary Worby  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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A couple Feb 22, 2011

I've met a couple of my long-standing customers in person. Once for a workshop, once I just dropped in as we were nearby on holiday.

I have never met any of my UK customers, though. Maybe the tax-deductible trips to Swindon and Stafford don't have the same appeal when they're just down the road!


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Alexander Kondorsky  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
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Yes Feb 22, 2011

Yes. My foreign client has an office in Moscow where I live)

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Mami Y.  Identity Verified
Japan
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No,but.. Feb 22, 2011

If I have an opportunity to go to a place where my regular clients live, I would like to call on them. Sometimes they say 'pay a visit'. Also I'd like to meet the person who still hasn't responded to me since I sent my translation...


[Edited at 2011-02-23 00:11 GMT]


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
Cyprus
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Impossible Feb 22, 2011

Almost none of my clients are natural persons, so meeting them is impossible.

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Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Agencies don't count! Feb 22, 2011

I have met several staff of agencies and a couple of owners, and one or two local clients, but not foreign ones.

I have talked on the phone to some of the people from end clients - on terminology and various other aspects of the translation.

Most of my clients are actually corporate entities too, but fortunately they include physical individuals who make the decisions or can answer my questions.


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Christiane Müller
Germany
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Sure Feb 22, 2011

I try whenever I can

personal contact, also via Skype or other media, supports the relationship to customers. You get to know them better and issues get settled easier if you know the other person


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