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Wow Like Pretty Woman This Holiday Season

I’m guessing many of you read the above title and thought a) I was joking or b) I’ve gone off my rocker. Neither is the case. As the holidays approach, however, it occurred to me we could all learn a little something from the escort system.

As many of you may remember from seeing Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts did not arrive at Richard Gere’s door and begin speaking about her other clients. In fact, the producers of the movie went to great lengths to present her as a hooker with a heart of gold—after all, how many of us are so concerned about appearing bright, shiny, and new that we travel with our own dental floss on dates?

But I digress: this “Wow this Week” is not about dental hygiene. Instead, I want to talk about the wisdom inherent in not talking to one client about another—not saying how busy your other clients are keeping you, how irritating you may find them, how happy you are to have completed their project.

I mean, who wants an escort who shows up and says, “I’m SO sorry I’m late—my last appointment took forever.”

So as you move through these hectic weeks before the holidays—a time when many of your clients are likely wanting 110 percent of your attention, while giving you 50 percent of their own—don’t forget the importance of being a good escort: each client with whom you deal should feel like they are the only special person in your life this holiday season, and throughout the year to come.

Originally published on Frances Cole Jones