I’m submitting this story with the errors and idiosyncrasies left intact. Imagine receiving this email with no prior contact.
Client: Hi, Ma’am i was thinking if you could guide me how to create an e-learning web-app, you can send details at [client email].
At least he’s polite, even if he has no clue what he’s doing or what he wants.
I replied with my usual prospect qualifying questions.
Client: The project is a part of my learning, I am doing it as my Final year project of computer science. I would like you to recommend me something.
Me: I’m sorry, I can’t do free mentoring for everyone who asks. I actually explain why in this blog post I hae attached. If you’re interested in this topic, I’ve also included a link to a case study written by a colleague who created an e-learning app and detailed what they learned through that process.
Client: Thankyou!! I am humbled.
Umm, other than e-learning if you could give resources, I would be delighted!
Note that I work in e-learning, not web apps, so he’s asking for resources outside my expertise. I didn’t reply to this one, but that didn’t stop him from emailing again the next day.
Ummmm, Ma’am can you suggest some good names for my e-learning projects! I shall be grateful to you.
How could I name something when he doesn’t even know what kind of app he’s creating?