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Dear Preston,

Yesterday you wrote about giving credit where credit is due, and it hit a nerve with me. I’m a florist in California, and I often work with this one planner. She’s given me a lot of work over the years. When we do a job together, she will sometimes suggest what she thinks the job should look like but most of the creativity is mine. Yet, she promotes herself as a designer as well as a planner. She often takes credit for jobs we’ve done together, giving me no credit. Should I confront her?

Sincerely, A Disgruntled Floral Designer

Dear DFD,

There’s always a grey area when planners and designers work together, and one of the things that makes a great planner is the ability to conceptualize an event. But that ability does not make a planner a designer. A planner’s job is to plan and make suggestions, and a designer’s job is to design. That’s it.

It sounds to me like you need to sit down with this planner and have a long, serious talk.

But, please, remember her loyalty. You said yourself that she has given you lots of work over the years. She may find it easier to secure new clients when she stretches the truth a bit. It’s unfortunate and unfair, but I see it happen a lot. Clients don’t understand who’s responsible for what, and they like the idea of a planner who’s going to take care of everything.

But, regardless of her motives, you need to talk to her. You both have to feel comfortable with your working relationship and the way in which you present yourselves to clients. Dear Readers, what do you think? Should DFD keep quiet and continue accepting the jobs this planner brings her? Or, should she ruffle some feathers and speak up? Please share your opinion in the comments.

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