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How’s this for heart-stopping: Handing back your work on a very challenging project for a new client. First thing you hear after he’s had a chance to review it is, “I need to talk with you.” No chance to further gauge his frame of mind.

Any guesses how fun it was waiting on that particular talk?

(Turned out nothing was wrong. He just wanted to run his timeline for revisions by me to make sure I was okay with it. There's my adrenaline rush for the week...)

Date: 2016-04-18 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
Oh good heavens! He needs to send you some chocolate or something to repay you for that stress he inflicted!

Date: 2016-04-18 05:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imbecamiel.livejournal.com
Heheh, I was so worried I'd managed to completely misunderstand the kind of input he wanted from me. He speaks and writes English quite well, but it's not his native language so that can lead to misinterpretation. The piece itself was also a bit out of my comfort zone - a dense, somewhat acronym- and equation-heavy academic article about effects of regulation on urban development. I was half convinced he was going to tell me I'd misunderstood every word he'd written and made a complete mess of it. XD

Date: 2016-04-18 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cairistiona7.livejournal.com
Your ability to edit something like that amazes me!

Date: 2016-04-19 11:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] suzll.livejournal.com
i HATE THAT. i had an author last week who called me less than an hour after i sent in the revisions and i nearly had a heart attack bc "calling" usually means "yells at u"

turns out he just wanted to talk through the queries instead of emailing them (like a normal person). but omg

Date: 2016-04-20 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] imbecamiel.livejournal.com
YOU FEEL MY PAIN. Everything just goes straight to worst case scenario when something like that happens.

I've been blessed not to have too many truly awful clients, but when things like that are bad, they can be really bad. With this being the first time I've worked with this client, and on such a difficult project, I was sure at that point he was going to tell me I had no idea what I was doing or what he needed.

(Also, I know some people are more comfortable verbalizing things than writing them down, but srsly, when it comes to discussing revisions I do not understand preferring that over having everything in writing to refer back to as you work.)

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