Starstruck over High Profile Clients
March 16, 2020
Treat high profile clients the way you want to be treated: like a normal person.
If students are lucky enough, they'll land an internship at their dream company and maybe even ace a job once they graduate. And if they happen to have a stream of good luck going for them, they'll have the once in a lifetime opportunity to work with high profile, or even famous clients who walk through the doors of their workplace. On top of making sure to treat them with respect, politeness, and courtesy, a rule, or even requirement that gets over looked is not having a fan girl/ fan boy moment in front of them.
Whether its a business mogul, tech wizard, A list actor, dancing champion, or musical icon, the chances of student interns or employees getting the chance to coordinate or even work with high profile clients are fairly slim, but when the do happen, its a pretty safe bet that at least one student will recognize them and have a sort of fangirl or fanboy moment. Heart pounding in their chest, grinning from ear to ear, and hands shaking as they text their friends and families about the news. But the most important thing to remember. is that they're a normal person, no different than friends, families, co workers and bosses. Granted, there; nothing wrong with admiration, but getting flustered, overly excited and bombarding them with questions and compliments is a good way to drive them away and create distance where there should be trust and well meaning.
In a like manner, clients won't want to work with specific students and by extension ,the company they work under. On the other hand, if a student plays their cards right and builds up a repour with the clients, they'll be more than happy to get a callback from said clients about attending to their needs should they decided to come back to the company. A good way to do this is by striking up a simple conversation that they can get behind and reply to. For example, talking about the inconsistency of the weather, or. how problematic the traffic is. Things that regular people can discuss and even laugh at together. Also, the client feels more at ease and willing to talk as opposed to standoffish and closed off.
In closing, there's nothing inherently wrong with wrong a fan or somebody and their work, but it becomes an issue when student workers or interns let their fan worship override their ability to do their job and make sure the client show up and leave feeling like they accomplished something.
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