Poll: Would you negotiate with clients differently if you had to do it in person?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Unfair Mar 19

It would almost be cheating to unleash the full force of my sexual allure on them.

Jan Truper
Julio Madrid
Ann Marie Bohan
Yaotl Altan
 

María Leonor Acevedo-Miranda  Identity Verified
Portugal
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I would not Mar 19

Come again, Chris???

Tom Stevens
 

Ricki Farn
Germany
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Member (2005)
English to German
I would not negotiate in person Mar 19

I have never been good at acoustic language, and for a bit over a year now I have almost lost my voice anyway. People who don't hear me every day have a hard time understanding me any more at all. I'm an e-lancer, I don't *have* to produce sound, for crying out loud (or rather not).

Chris S, you're so cute! May I keep you?


 

Maxi Schwarz  Identity Verified
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"Negotiate"? Mar 19

I tell my clients my fees. I do converse with my clients, finding out about needs and concerns, and that often happens over the telephone which is sort of in person. But negotiation doesn't ever happen.

Teresa Borges
Julio Madrid
 

Khaldun Alqaisi
United Arab Emirates
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Probably no Mar 19

My rates are fixed but translation agencies tend to offer freelancers low rates so that they can get the lion part of the deal. I prefer negotiate directly with the client without any mediation.

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Julio Madrid  Identity Verified
Mexico
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I don't negotiate Mar 19

Clients tell me what they need and I tell them the price, they either accept or not. There's no negotiation. Plus, for what I've seen in job postings and mass emails, outsourcers/agencies don't seem to want to negotiate much, either. They set their conditions and that's it, no wiggle room, either you apply/submit your quote or you don't. There's not much space to use leverage and that's fine with me.

Teresa Borges
Maja_K
Yetta J Bogarde
Elena Mordenti
Melanie Meyer
Gibril Koroma
 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Yes Mar 19

It would take a lot longer and I'd be more likely to cave to requests that I normally refuse in writing. Unfortunately, I'm a pushover when it comes to negotiating.

Ricki Farn
Melanie Meyer
Kay-Viktor Stegemann
 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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Yes Mar 19

 As far as I mostly work as an interpreter with local direct clients, I find that unlike emailing with a virtual addressee, negotiating in private is much easier for me, making a hugely positive impact on parties--and results.

Of course, I prefer working with people and making real useful contacts, that's why I cannot get (1) How a person right before you could ask for pity $0.05/word while charging her client some $0.35+/word?; (2) How a clever businessperson may blindly trust and deal with an impersonated party; or (3) How come a decent specialist with good biz skills can't manage the business properly? ...

 Shortly, I neither can, nor I am willing to do biz without seeing (knowing; understanding) the partner or prospect first.

[Edited at 2019-03-19 15:45 GMT]


 

Gibril Koroma  Identity Verified
Canada
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Probably not Mar 19

Probably not but it may happen. Never done it in person anyway.

 

Mario Freitas  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 07:45
Member (2014)
English to Portuguese
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I have done it many times, and no Mar 20

I've had to negotiate personally with several clients, always offering the exact same terms and conditions as the negotiations by e-mail. That's why I dislike it so much when the client wants to schedule a useless meeting to discuss conditions that will not change whatsoever.

Julio Madrid
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