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If Everything Worked Like Designer Vendor-Client Relationships

What would it be like if every service industry worked like IT and interactive design vendor-client relationships?

This video had me simultaneously laughing and crying. Thank you for the link Scott.

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Comment by Daniel Leuck on July 9, 2009 at 8:36am
Yes. I've heard "the taco stand was only $5" line more than once ;-)
Comment by Brent on July 8, 2009 at 6:07am
Nice. I seen you in meetings like these before Dan.
Comment by Jon Fukuda on July 8, 2009 at 3:56am
Flavors of this have definitely come up in my client engagements! It really brings home how crazy professional service negotiation tactics are when put in other commercial contexts. Thanks for sharing, I'll have to remember these anecdotes for when times get strange during project negotiations and accounts receivables.

Comment by Matthew Faull on June 24, 2009 at 6:05pm
Anyone got a big scary chef that can be rented for meetings?
Comment by Curtis J. Kropar on June 16, 2009 at 2:06am

"Beef same thing"
Sir.. you had the Fillet !?

"I went through and line iteme'd some of the stuff that we can just remove"

"what we need you to do is show us how you made this.. so we can do it on our own, in house, from now on"
This is hilarious !
Well.. IF this were not so accurate right now for us, this would be even more funny !

We just had a client (a church... of all things) write me an email and say that in their opinion our "MOU" is not an actual contract... and therefore its not legally binding in a court of law... and therefore they are canceling their service and by the way, not going to pay for the past 5 months of service that they owe. Now they are going to have the ministers nephew set up something (I hear a spreadsheet) so they can do the same thing "in house".

Video = funny
Reality = painful

We are out several thousand dollars that we were counting on. It would probably cost us more to take them to court than what they owe us. I think they have 2 or 3 lawyers on their board of directors.

Anyone have an extra few thousand they care to donate to a hard working non profit org that makes a positive impact into the community ?
Comment by Todd Robertson on June 11, 2009 at 12:41pm
This is hilarious, but painfully true.


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