How to avoid getting sucker punched by bad reviews as a P.I.

When a potential client calls you and ask for something illegal, unethical or just downright creepy, you need to say no, but how do you keep them (especially the ones with mental illness) from going to online review sites and posting bad reviews saying you’re a rip-off or a scam as a private investigator?

I approach this step-by step:

1. I listen and convey empathy.

A phrase I learned from the excellent book Verbal Judo is, “I understand how you feel and if I was in your shoes I would probably feel exactly the same way.”

This includes recommending they call the police, the F.B.I., or even Animal Control.

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2. I offer them alternative resources.

That way they feel like I at least tried to help them.

Frequently (frequently!) you will hear them say, “The police are in on it.” Don’t let it catch you off guard. You will hear this. Be prepared with another recommendation like Animal Control or (gently and with a lot of tact) a mental health service provider.

Of mental health services I like to say, “They help people with all kinds of complex problems even if you don’t have a lot of resources.”

I wish you all the best as you navigate this thorny issue, but I guess this is why you want to learn form someone who’s “been there and done that”!

Committed to your success,
Larry Kaye,
Private Investigator &
#1 Best Selling Author

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