Let me tell you a story: Once upon a time there were a bunch of primary students host a party together. Everyone decided to pay for their own party budget but there is one person jumped off the party when she said she has no money. Until next day, a classmate from the other class asked the little girl did she attend to the party with rumours of great snacks and lottery! That little girl suddenly whined with bitterness “No way! They did not invite me! And I’m the one who suggest the lottery, they are the sleazy one who steal my idea! ” The feeling of this primary student can be described in one word: Jealous!
The story above is similar to the recent case of one of our client—She was furious when she could not attend to our event. I was extremely happy when the others wanted to participate our events, but that furious client claimed our company plagiarized her idea. Unbelievable! What a huge humiliation! Actually I have worked for advertising and media for almost 20 years, the people who knows me must understand that I am the one who thinks idea for someone rather than someone thinks for me! An uncreative people dares to blame me for plagiarizing her ….Oh Sorry! Please check my record before bragging, I have helped my company and friends many times in terms of business, publicizing, advertising. I can transform my thoughts into action everytime, does not like someone who just brag without action! In fact, some clients are illogical, so there are lots of mediocre people in the world who believe they are intelligent and creative!
It is an obvious truth that charge is crucial for business, otherwise, it is called charity when money is not charged! Few months ago, there are a number of innovative people including photographers, designers shares their work on internet, and attracts opportunities for collaboration proposed by other party—ensure a Win-Win situation. If you order someone to do you a favour without any charge, please don’t bother me! I apologize for saying these words, but income is needed for various conditions: a photographer needs it for his living, a company needs it for its employees, and miscellaneous expenses for transportation and entertainment. Even you finish the favours for some annoying clients, they will still blame you and ask for more requests! Sorry! Please stay away from me!
Of course, the punishment is skilfully given by one client and gladly accepted by another, and this situation is always happening, “The others don’t charge me”, “They also help me”, “I am helping you”. I have not spoken any words like this, even I have listened for million times. However, someone believes these are reasonable stuffs! When someone closes down their business because of kindly working with you without any charge. Will you regret yourself at that moment?
Some clients believe it is a “truth” when the rivals smear you. In order to have business by doing dirty deeds, the normal people do know it is a trap! I do not play little tricks on business, but rather looking for collaborators who share the same interests, benefits and great opportunities together. You can’t force friendship, however, why don’t you let go? I am glad that I have learnt the golden rule from my university lecturer “The person who stands steadily and expands his/her business continuously at the end, which is a proof of proper success!”
講個故事你聽：從前一班小學生開大食會，大家決定夾份買嘢食，點知其中一個小朋友話無錢夾，所以唔參加了。點知第二日隔離班同學仔問佢有無去大食會，啲嘢聽講幾好食喎，仲有抽獎添！呢位同學即刻話「我唔制，佢地都唔叫我！係佢地衰，係我提議抽獎嘅，抄我！」這個小學雞實情係只有兩個字形容⋯⋯葡萄! 🍇 🍇 🍇
話說最近我地有個客戶，正如上述故事，因為參加唔到我地嘅活動而發爛渣，人家咁俾面、咁想參與，我本應高興都嚟唔切啦！但佢竟然話我地抄佢橋⋯⋯嘩！作為創作人咁樣簡直係侮辱呀！其實我做廣告傳媒都十幾廿年，合作過嘅人都知，從來係我賣橋俾人，無可能要人地俾番橋我嘅！仲要係俾啲無橋無Idea嘅人話我抄佢⋯⋯Oh Sorry! 吹水前都唔該睇吓記錄Fact Check，無論生意、宣傳、廣告，我幫過嘅公司同朋友不計其數，我做過所有項目都係實實在在咁完成，諗過嘅橋都全部係實現咗嘅，唔會學人講過就算做咗！更加無需要把屎橋舊橋當係自己諗嘅，一啲係人都諗到嘅嘢就唔係橋，係常識！當然，有啲客係無常識嘅！所以無橋當有橋、屎橋扮代表嘅絕對大有人在！
做生意要收錢當然係天經地義，唔收錢嘅事就唔係生意，係善事！好多人在網上分享，有攝影師、有設計師都被人「俾機會」、叫佢地「合作吓」、大家「WIN WIN 」，想唔俾錢就叫人做嘢⋯⋯⋯Sorry! 現在大家都太多「機會」、太多「合作」了，但「你WIN我唔WIN」嘅事真係唔好預我，大家都係搵食啫，唔好話一個攝影師要食飯啦，一間公司要養咁多人，出糧搭車食飯請客，當然要有收入支持，有時請完人飲嘢仲要俾人問點解無嘢食，幫完呢啲客做嘢仲要俾佢話唔掂、俾佢要求多多，對唔住！呢啲客真係唔該「過主」！