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Old 10-25-2007, 01:55 AM   #1
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Do You Take Your Clients Out To Eat?


Just curious.
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Old 10-25-2007, 02:27 AM   #2
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Not unless I would have taken them out to eat before they were my clients. Certainly not to 'get the job'.

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No. But I will allow them to take me out to eat if the client is a potential customer.
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Not unless there is a prior connection, and the dining out is incidental to the job. I do take the subs to lunch about once per job.

Every situation and customer/client relationship can be different, but in my opinion, you need to keep a professional distance.
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No I don't ...but I seam to be taken out or bought/cooked dinner by almost every client.
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Who was the guy on here that was taking potential remodeling customers out to dinner and claiming the high close rates...
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No, but one time I ran into some previous clients at a nice restaurant. Had a chance to say hello and introduce my wife quickly.

When we finished dinner we were told the 'check had been taken care of'.

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No I don't ...but I seam to be taken out or bought/cooked dinner by almost every client.
Same here
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Every once and a while, I'll happen to bring my 5 year old daughter to the job with me for a visit. I find that when certain types of customers see that I am actually a human being and a have a family, their entire tone towards me as a contractor can change for the better.

Certain HOs are so adversarial towards any contractor working at their home from being burned in the past that they tend to be stand-offish. I'm not like other contractors, which is why they hired me, but sometimes I have to take the edge off.

I'm sure you guys know what I mean.

But...I would never take a client out to dinner. After the job is done, maybe I'd give them a GC to someplace if they were extraordinarily pleasant to work for, but never would I go with them.
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:07 PM   #11
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i dunno - im really on the fence when it comes to dinner



it's tough to develop a good relationship without being at least friendly. Being friendly is NOT the same as being friends.

as long as you can maintain a business relationship FIRST ... im fine with it.
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Sure have been invited to sit down for supper lots of times. MMMMM--rumaki
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Sure have been invited to sit down for supper lots of times. MMMMM--rumaki
Yeah me too. I also have been given venison before.

No i have never taken a client to dinner. I have been to a few Christmas parties though over the years.

LOL i still almost spelled it wrong.
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Yeah me too. I also have been given venicen before.
Do you mean venison?
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This didnt happen to me, but a painter I know in a nearby town.The guy was painting the exterior of a little ole ladys house.So when dinnertime rolled around, she asked the guys if they want a bowl of soup and a sandwhich? they said sure that would be nice.The 2 of them spent 4 days there working.So when he gave them the bill she gave him a check and it was 44$ short of the total amount.So he asked why there was 44$ taken off the check?She says well I fed u guys for 4 days.I guess a soup and sandwhich cost them 5.50 each.I still laugh about this every time I think about it.Could you imagine that?? BTW around our parts we always go for dinner together,whether its the homeowner or the contractor ,we all get along real good. I think the jobs go more smoother once you get to know everyone a bit,kinda takes the edge off.Were all from small towns and have been working together for years though.
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Do you mean venison?
LOL yes you nailed me on my poor spelling. I am going to edit it.
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No, but one time I ran into some previous clients at a nice restaurant. Had a chance to say hello and introduce my wife quickly.

When we finished dinner we were told the 'check had been taken care of'.

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LOL yes you nailed me on my poor spelling. I am going to edit it.
Now that is a nice three-pointer. (I understand you guys in the States call it a six-pointer, kinda like measuring yourself in cm's instead of inches).
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Now that is a nice three-pointer. (I understand you guys in the States call it a six-pointer, kinda like measuring yourself in cm's instead of inches).
I think you need to put your glasses on and do a recount. It's an eight pointer, you missed the brow tines.
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Well...

Ya'll might guess we spend alot on taking clients out to dinner! The contractors that we sell direct generally expect to eat at Outback or something if I come to town. Our industrial clients usually expect something even better!

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