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Poll: Have you met any of your clients in person?
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Simon Chiassai  Identity Verified
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yes some of them Oct 9, 2013

But that was before they became my clients.

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Enrico Zoffoli  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 9, 2013

Basically all of them (with few exceptions)

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Chris S  Identity Verified
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Sign of the times Oct 9, 2013

Interesting that there is no option for "most of them" or "all of them"!

I've met most of mine at one time or another, and it has always helped cement the relationship. I suspect that's not down to my natural charm and charisma so much as simply putting a face to a name.


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M. Anna Kańduła  Identity Verified
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No Oct 9, 2013

Unless we count friends, who at some point needed a translation or proofreading services.

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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 9, 2013

Same answer as I gave the last two times this question was asked. Almost all of my clients are juristic persons, which makes meeting them in person a physical impossibility!

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Teresa Borges
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Yes, one or two... Oct 9, 2013

As I said the last three times this question was asked...

http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/235567-poll:_how_many_of_your_clients_have_you_met_in_person.html
http://www.proz.com/forum/poll_discussion/212923-poll:_how_many_of_your_clients_have_you_met_personally_face_to_face.html
http://www.proz.com/polls/archived?poll_id_link=6040


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Ashish Kumar Jaiswal  Identity Verified
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Met some... Oct 9, 2013

Met some, who are running on owner-operator pattern..

Met some agency PMs too!

Mostly not.


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Thayenga  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 9, 2013



Just like I had answered the above previous polls.


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Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
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yes, one Oct 9, 2013

But as I remember it, my original question was whether you have physically visited your clients (which of course can be understood as 'meeting the client in person').

But I was more wondering
- if you had visited their premises (location, standard, size)
- seen how many they were
- got a feeling of their workflow etc., etc.

I have only visited one client in a neighboring town, who (despite an ambitious company name) turned out to be only one guy running the whole show with a part-time IT supporter.

It can be hard to tell.


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Tim Drayton  Identity Verified
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Not normally Oct 9, 2013

Yetta J Bogarde wrote:

But as I remember it, my original question was whether you have physically visited your clients (which of course can be understood as 'meeting the client in person').

But I was more wondering
- if you had visited their premises (location, standard, size)
- seen how many they were
- got a feeling of their workflow etc., etc.

I have only visited one client in a neighboring town, who (despite an ambitious company name) turned out to be only one guy running the whole show with a part-time IT supporter.

It can be hard to tell.


Oh, have I visited my clients' premises? A very few times, for a variety of reasons, but I almost always communicate with clients' staff at a distance (via email or phone).


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Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
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Yes Oct 9, 2013

I met some clients in my own home, others I met in their offices/places.

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Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
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No and I don't wish to Oct 9, 2013

I think it is a good idea to maintain a clear divide between business and social contacts. The only time I relaxed this rule and added a PM to Facebook, I had to "unfriend" her for posting unsuitable content. Nuff said!

Steve K.


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Jessica Noyes  Identity Verified
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Other Oct 9, 2013

Besides the obvious (nearby acquaintances who bring me certificates and the like to be translated), I now talk to one client on another continent by video on Skype. We know what each other's workplaces look like, and talk eye-to-eye, but have never met in person.

[Edited at 2013-10-09 19:00 GMT]


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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
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Almost all of them Oct 10, 2013

Since almost all of them are based in Japan.

Meeting customers face to face is how business is traditionally done over here. Also, looking them square between the eyes gives me an opportunity to size up the scale of their operations, gauge how much work I can expect to get from them and get a better idea of how organized they are. I like well-organized customers since they will ensure that you get paid on time.


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