Thursday, February 13, 2014

It's Not You, It's My Budget

They say that breaking up is hard to do.
I had to, you guys. Source.

I feel as though I have zero authority writing this post, because successful relationships and I don't exactly go hand-in-hand, so who am I to give advice?

Luckily for you, this is a PR blog (covering work relationships) and not a blog about romantic relationships. I do know a thing or two about the heartbreak associated with a work-related loss. I also know a thing or two about a well placed breakup article. It's no coincidence that this has gone live the day before Valentine's day.

Sometimes, no matter how much you love a client (talking about this in a freelance capacity but I would imagine it can go for clients within agencies as well) or how much of a help you've been, they just don't have the budget to take you on or to keep you. If this happens, you have a few options.

Before I give you these options, please allow me to advise you to tap into your soul and muster all of the grace humanly possible, and then ask for divine help, in order to be as understanding and gracious about this process as possible.

Now, on to your options:

One of them is to wallow in the "rejection." Not my first choice, but hey, if that's what you want, go for it. I'm not going to judge you. We wrote a post a while back that might help.

Another one is to take the opportunity to start a discussion. Seek out the reasoning. What divisions did they really need, and why were you cast out? Take a moment to meet with a mentor or, if this happens within an agency, with your team to see what you could have done to make yourselves more essential, if you could have to begin with. This happens, especially in an economy that's working to stabilize itself once again.

If you choose the more proactive route, take the time to polish your skills, to compose yourself and to prepare yourself to start again. Take any lessons you may have learned from discussions and venting sessions and put them into play!

Keep this in mind as well: try to maintain a friendly relationship with the client. You never know whether you'll get back together, or if they might have the kindness to refer you to someone who could use all of your pitching prowess and word power. This probably won't be the case, and that's OK.

Moral of the story, breakups happen. And sometimes, you can't stay friends. The least you can do is to try not to burn bridges (another self-promotional link, if you don't mind).

I still love you.


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