SuffolkGal wrote in post #17254613 memoriesoftomorrow wrote in post #17251942
Do you call all prospective clients that don't hire you stupid?
Stop picking the guy to pieces. He lost a deal, it hurts.
Instead of being a total wanker you could act like a fellow photographer and let the guy vent and maybe even offer some sympathy. But oh no, it's much easier to be a twathead troll.
He has a point however.
If the OP takes that attitude with every pitch that fails, they are going to really struggle to stay in business. Rather than thinking that they didn't get the gig because the client is stupid and chose someone else, they should ask themselves why the other guy got the gig and not themselves. Then aim to do better next time.
If a pitch fails, the client isn't in the wrong, the pitcher didn't sell themselves well enough. Maybe they could have included their experience in B (and even C and D) as part of their pitch, or called the client to discuss their needs rather than simply saying they are available to talk. Maybe that is what the other guy did? They could have called the client and discussed the job in detail, then given them more options such as B, whilst the OP sat back and waited.
There are times when the client may already intend to hire a particular person, yet have to get quotes as part of the process. The odds are always heavily stacked against you in a case like this but, again, calling them to ascertain their needs and making a well targeted killer pitch can swing opinions and allow you to steal the job.
The key thing is attitude. If you don't get a job it is unlikely to be because the client is stupid and far more likely that the pitch wasn't good enough, or that the pitcher didn't make enough of an effort to communicate with the client, to discuss their needs and how you can meet them.
I think Memoriesoftomorrow was commenting on the OP's reaction that their pitch failure was due to a faulty client, rather than the far more likely cause of them putting forward a poorer pitch than the other guy.