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Posted 06 February 2004 - 04:03 PM
But as someone mentioned before, if you're incorporated, I think technically you really are the President, and in that case, it's appropriate. It would just be too strange for me. I guess I would kinda feel deluded!
Posted 06 February 2004 - 04:54 PM
Posted 06 February 2004 - 06:07 PM
I do use "we" when I know or suspect I'll have to bring in a copywriter or database analyst or designer, even if I don't have one handy at the moment. Implying that you are superhuman and can do everything by yourself is just as misleading as saying "we" when there is only "me".
At the point I'm saying it, there may only be a "me", but when it's delivered, since there will be a "we" I use "we", even if the contribution is very minor.
Posted 06 February 2004 - 06:51 PM
What a wonderful analogy, meta! - I'll never be able to look at those oh so pretentious business cards again without breaking out in a smile as that image pops to mind!
... using the title "President" just reinforces my impression that the business is insubstantial. It's like seeing a child wearing Mom or Dad's shoes.
Oh, and Ian - you'd best watch your step! Because, if you continue to optimise that executive vice, I'm going to have inform on you to the CIA - or, worse still, tell Aunty Jill! (Cue scary dramatic music...)
Posted 06 February 2004 - 06:55 PM
Worse, she could let scottie loose on me and I'd have avatar-induced emotional scars... Talk about a hit team....
Stop it! <whimper>
Posted 06 February 2004 - 07:01 PM
The pretentious sole proprietors here in the UK use the title Managing Director, which is technically incorrect as they are not an incorporated company. The down-to-earth ones use owner, or owner-manager, or proprietor as their title.
And me? My business is really a partnership between me and my long-suffering wife, though in the UK, these still have the same legal status as a sole trader - ie. unincorporated business. Anyway, as the business is technically a partnership, and as I am older than my wife, my title is 'Senior Partner', LOL!
But I'm really upfront about the fact that we are a micro-business - wysiwyg!
Posted 06 February 2004 - 10:08 PM
When I was a young lad, I had the lucky fortune to work for a man who was a self made mulit-millionaire. On his business card, he had no title under his name. I asked him there was no title. He told me that it was because those that knew him well didn't care about his title, they knew what it was. For those that didn't, it always left him an out when negotiating because he could always say that he had to go discuss it with his superiors before he make a final agreement and that if it had said President, CEO, Owner, Etc. then they would expect an answer right then !
Therefore, my business card has no title on it.
Posted 07 February 2004 - 08:42 PM
In my opinion that is parading as something you are not. And I guess this person does not have kids and know the that one hour of work done at 10 p.m. equals 2-3 during the day.
Posted 07 February 2004 - 09:16 PM
And weekends? I heard of those once....
Posted 07 February 2004 - 09:22 PM
Randy ~ King of the Square Table (don't have a round one)
Posted 07 February 2004 - 11:44 PM
Posted 08 February 2004 - 05:16 AM
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