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Poll: Which of these best describes you in your professional dealings?
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Teresa Borges
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Reserved Apr 25

I’m reserved, even-tempered and non-confrontational by nature.

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Jenny Forbes  Identity Verified
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What peculiar options! Apr 25

My dealings with clients are "professional, polite and businesslike". That was a poor range of options.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
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Other Apr 25

I chose "reserved" because we are provided just 4 options,
but I would say I am polite, determined, but calm and business-oriented, which means I try deal with my business professionally.


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Jan Truper
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Reserved with an occasional, often ironic bite.

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Catherine De Crignis  Identity Verified
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Outspoken Apr 25

Definitely not the word I would have thought about instantly ("quite assertive" suits me better), but all the others choices were so wrong, weird even!

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
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Respectful Apr 25

The clients I work with are very respectful and I like to reciprocate.

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Ricki Farn
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Like a mirror Apr 25

I (subconsciously) mirror my clients a lot. From ultra-minimalist communication to something that reads like a perma-flirt, I have everything.

About "outspoken or reserved" - I often think "but it's not my job to comment on this", and then I take a deep breath and write exactly what I think. It usually works out fine.


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Jasa Pipan
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Outspoken (I guess?!) Apr 25

The other options were strange - I don't know a lot of people who'd be able to keep a successful business by being aggressive, and the same goes for passive ones ...

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neilmac  Identity Verified
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Don't know / NA / Other Apr 25

Again with the absolutist poll queries (eyeroll emoji sadly not available).

I try to be upfront and frank in my dealings with clients, but sometimes assertiveness can be perceived as aggression. I think I can be sufficiently diplomatic in my own native tongue, but often need to ask my Spanish colleague to check my email to make sure I'm not being too blunt or forthright, or that my attempts at humour are not misconstrued. For example, I tend to have rather high expectations from academic clients and am often exasperated by the poor quality of their writing. Some of them don't even bother to run a spell check before sending their texts off and that really gets my goat. However, I usually just have a rant to myself about it to let off some steam before communicating with them.


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Gibril Koroma  Identity Verified
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Respect Apr 25

Mutual respect. And then getting the work done.

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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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Professional Apr 25

This should have been an option.





[Edited at 2018-04-25 16:25 GMT]


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Robert Forstag  Identity Verified
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Agree Apr 25

Jenny Forbes wrote:

My dealings with clients are "professional, polite and businesslike". That was a poor range of options.


I agree. I would add - perhaps most importantly - “clear.”

In general, my communications have the overarching purpose of preventing problems down the line.


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Muhammad Akhtar
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Be polite n easy going Apr 26

I am highly professional in my business deals but remain calm, cool n patient. Let others feel relaxed and say what they really want to say. Smile often.

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Kay Denney  Identity Verified
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Patient Apr 26

That's what my clients seem to think anyway.

Very weird set of adjectives, none of which are suitable.
Is it a passive aggressive way of making us admit to our faults?


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