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O Happy Day

A reader of yesterday’s blog entry let me know she had been tempted to take one of those “I’ll make you rich” seminars.  She wrote:  We were about to sign up for $850 worth of books and DVDs when my husband started to feel some tightness in his chest.  We ran out of there and got checked and all was OK.  Since we decided maybe the man upstairs was trying to tell us something, we gave $200 to our church, $200 to the neighbor’s kid who cuts our lawn and shovels our driveway for free, ate a really fancy dinner then bought $250 worth of lottery tickets.  We won $100 but you know, we were so happy all day!  Tell your client that anyone who says he could get rich without you but then wants to get rich off you is just a scammer.  Spend the money you have to make yourself happy, not rich.

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 11th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
It is inconceivable that one of YOUR clients, former or present, would not know that in terms of VALUE, one could not do better than consulting you.
real_lawyer
Feb. 11th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the smile you've put on my face this afternoon.

The former client in question is a very value-oriented person, who is weighing whether the costs of an hour or so with me versus about one and a half days of the three day seminar will yield the same results for him. I could understand if he was interested in a cost-per-minute price, but that's not the case here. I will tell him everything I know about his particular interests and goals and not try to sell him anything.

I teach seminars all the time and I share information in 90 minutes to two hours. What can take three days anyway?

Edited at 2009-02-11 09:32 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2009 12:37 am (UTC)
At the risk of being too analytical, I am thinking that it should be more than just the dollar/minute of the person sharing the information that should matter, if he is value conscious. How about the fact that he is spending all that time to get (whatever) value of spent dollars that he is getting. I guess his own time is not worth much...
real_lawyer
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)
That is certainly true.

And diamonds are worth more than cheese, though you'd never know it if the value was determined by the weight of a two carat stone or a wheel of cheddar.
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