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Business Means Business

February 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Ask the Expert

Linda AllanWhat do you do when a client wants to move their relationship with you beyond the required norms of business? Recently, I’ve had various clients invite me and my husband to a black tie event, a meal at their parents’ home, and even their wedding. I accepted all these invitations graciously, honoured that they thought of me so fondly. But there was no obligation on my part to accept any of them. So how do you decide what to do? How can you ensure your existing relationship with your client won’t be compromised? Here are a few things to consider.

Accepting any invitation beyond your norms of business with a client opens the door to a changed relationship – one that’s closer and more personal. Ask yourself if that’s what you want. If it isn’t, it’s best to politely decline with a gracious, heartfelt explanation. After all, we all have a life beyond our work and commitments Read more