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What happens when the clients you've mentioned read your small snippets and see that you've spoken badly about them? Worse, what happens if any potential clients see what you've written and decide not to pursue a project with you because of how standoffish you may seem?

I quite agree that there are some clients that can be difficult, but I think to give specific examples as you have done makes you look like you may be difficult to work with (regardless of whether it's your fault or theirs). Just a thought.

As Michael Port suggests in Book Yourself Solid, I've found that adhering to his Red Velvet Rope Policy does help me in steering clear of clients who I believe are going to be particularly troublesome. My gut reaction is usually correct that a client is going to be more trouble than he or she is worth.

But every now and then, I still work with one who surprises me. My favorite is one that decides that after you've done the work (and they've said they love it), they attempt to come up with reasons why they shouldn't pay you. Yes, that's happening right now.

At any rate, I really enjoyed your take on this. Thanks for posting.

Solid point here, Neil - it can be a mistake to publically speak about negative dealings with specific clients, but it's not an issue with me - in fact, not only have a shown the couple of books I wrote to current and new clients, a few of them have actually bought the books. Crazy world we live in :) Thanks for weighing in!

Hey thanks for the comment, Stephen. You've read Michael Port's book - nice, it's a good one isn't it? That's where I got the idea for implementing "the velvet rope" - glad it's working for you as well.

Just remember that you can only work with a certain number of clients in your lifetime...choose to work with good people as best you can.

PS - hope you really enjoy the WSNH Package, thanks for picking that up my friend!

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