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Are You on a First Name Basis with Your Clients?
Are You on a First Name Basis with Your Clients?  
In some professions it seems more of the norm, although that may be shifting, for us to address another professional more formally than by first name. The medical profession, for one.
 
I suspect that in the past it was a rare person who addressed their doctor, and perhaps their dentist, by anything other than Dr. ____. While I don’t think that’s necessarily as true these days, I know the formal title is still often used, particularly with someone you don’t really know.
 
I call my doctor and my chiropractor by their first names and always have. After all, they call ME by MY first name. Maybe that’s presumptuous.
 
It doesn’t mean any less respect although I suppose some people, especially someone with a title, might take offense.
 
But I certainly wouldn’t address the Queen that casually, would you? You would??!!
 
So I wondered…are you on a first name basis with your clients? Do you address THEM by first name or in a more formal manner, say Mr. ___ or Ms. ___.
 
Is it a question that comes up in conversation early on, ... more

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