Best of Preston: Handling Rejection


This sleepy week between Christmas and New Year’s, I’m sharing some of my best blog posts from the last year. On Monday I shared tips for getting folks to comment on your blog. And yesterday, I discussed commissions. Today I’m tackling another big issue: rejection.

I cannot tell you the number of times I have not gotten a job I really needed or wanted. I used to feel like it was the end of the world every time this happened.

And, to be honest, I’m still disappointed I wasn’t even considered for Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

(Rejected image via SMemon87)

I could just see the press going crazy if the Clintons had done a “Preston Bailey wedding!”

But I understand. For whatever reason, my designs just weren’t what they were looking for. It’s important to remember that there are many reasons we may get rejected for certain jobs.

Some are:

  • We’re too expensive.
  • Our services don’t mesh with the client is looking for.
  • Our designs don’t speak to the client.
  • The client doesn’t know us and would prefer to work with someone they already know.
  • The client doesn’t think we’re capable of handling the job.

I could go on and on, but, ultimately, it is how we handle rejection that really matters.

In today’s venting, I’d love to answer any questions you have about how to handle business rejection and what to do after they say, “No, thank you.” Post your questions below, and I’ll address them next week. I know well that rejection is tough, but there are ways to make it easier!

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