I'm having some trouble dealing with a few clients of mine, and I'm after some advice.
how do I deal with someone who won't show me common courtesy, or the business courtesies that are expected
my town is run by moguls who have no respect for anyone
they won't offer to shake your hand, and won't look at you if they do
they will arrive late, early, without notice, at the store/sales floor instead of the office
they won't offer you a seat
they discus private deals in public, within earshot of employees
they threaten you not to do things "by the book"
I can't risk offending many of them, but I can't tolerate the way they behave; not only is it personally disrespectful it's poor business practice
I went to a mans office that's connected to his showroom, and he greeted me in the showroom because that's where he happened to be
then he starts negotiating one the spot, in front of customers and his employees, and these were not routine dealings either, I asked him if he wouldn't mind discussing things somewhere private, or my offices if needed
he exploded at me that I shouldn't tell him what to do, how to run his buisiness etc etc "I've been in this game for fifty years" etc etc
then he took the contract I brought and stormed out, I was very embarassed
and when I got back my boss threw a fit at me for upsetting him, I asked what I should have done in the situation and that only made him angrier
maybe I do; but I'm not sure why it's in anyone's interest trying to belittle me
at the end of the day if they give me a hard time for no reason they get a poor reputation and nobody wants to deal with them
a lesser person would start slighting them out of spite
maybe he was angling to deal with someone higher up who might have been more conceding
I hope that next time he learns that I'm not going to budge if he tries to bully me
Know feel OP.
>Tfw shook a few people's hands who gave me the "limp fish"
>Tfw can't tell if they're showing their disrespect towards me, their disinterest/disapproval or whether that's just how they handshake for some reason
I'd dish it out, matching their tone. Dude doesn't want to talk away from customers? I'd throw stuff out intentionally knowing the customers wouldn't want to hear until he has a problem with it, then asks to go talk in his office or whatever.
I've dealt with a lot of lowlifes but not like in your situation however. What line of work is this?
well that might be good advice, the only risk would be damaging my own reputation as well
those kind of thuggish buisinesspeople close doors for themselves, if I matched his tone I might be less welcome elsewhere
I'm in labor management, union and recruiting kind of work
this guy was trying to shorchange his employees superannuation, as soon as I walk in the door someone knows thier going to loose money, the question for them is if they play ball or if I have to hammer them
but I don't see aggressive business as being personally aggressive; if we start using fear and intimidation to get contracts signed we will loose a lot of co-operation and we'l need to be CONSTANTLY on everyone's back
Why do you Aussie cunts have to shit up the board every night with your autistic threads?
Just do your fucking job, and stop bitching about some low level grunt isn't getting his fair share of workplace respect.