Tuesday, November 27, 2012

9 Going the extra mile

cartoon absurd requests clients
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Based on an idea by Saul Philpott. Saul is an in-house translator at KPMG based in Madrid.

9 comments:

  1. So true and a great idea by Saul (aka Solete de Bath).

    I did actually experience a similar situation a few months ago.

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  2. I especially love it when a job ABSOLUTELY has to be delivered by Friday EOB, no extention possible, super duper urgent ... and then you get a read confirmation Monday noon.

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  3. Fabulous! Anonymous' comment above reminds us of the urgent job that you turn in to the client, only to receive an out-of-office message that the client is on a long vacation. At least the project is off our desks!

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  4. So true for those urgent jobs - especially those where you asked if they really needed them by Friday at 6.00 knowing that you would do such a better job with the week-end, for no extra charge, and then you only get the receipt confirmation on Monday mornings.

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  5. Or the 10K job you must translate in 2 days because it is going to be used on a presentation, and you receive the client's reviewer comments 2 months later. And they want the updated translation back asap...

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  6. Yes, that' so true. I wonder whether these clients have got a different kind of measuring the time...

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  7. I always answer in those cases: I know that a time machine belong nowadays to the standard equipement of a translator and that I may appear a bit old-fashioned, but I haven't afford this investment yet.

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  8. Or when you quote xx $/word for a rush allnighter job, and they come back and ask "when can you deliver for x $/word?" or "I obtained an extension. Can you do it now for x $?" Wherever did the rush go to?

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