Monday, October 31, 2011

Full disclosure?

Here's something a little bit different; a question aimed at other private investigators out there.

When you are in a social setting and someone asks what it is you do, do you tell them you are a PI?

Recently, I have had several people comment to me that they would have thought I would not have disclosed my profession given it's secretive nature.

It's not like I'm some Nazi spy though, is it?

My previous point of view is that I saw social events, not that I get invited to many as I'm often misconstrued as being 'antisocial' or something, as an opportunity to 'network'. I sort of believed that with the more people I met who knew I was a PI, perhaps the more work I might pick up.

It's a numbers game, right?

Except it hasn't really worked out that way at all. I can't really say I recall ever having received a later enquiry from someone I briefly spoke to at a party or the like.

Now I'm starting to think perhaps the naysayers had it right. Maybe I shouldn't be telling anyone I am a PI at all and instead have some cover story in place.

So what do you do? Full disclosure or plausible deniability?

7 comments:

  1. I'd like you more if you were a Nazi spy.

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  2. I'd probably like me more if I were a Nazi spy.

    Maybe I could be a Russian spy instead? The FBI have just released video footage of Anna Chapman and the ring going about their not-quite-nefarious business. I guess the Ruskis are a few short now that the ring has busted.

    That's okay Ivan, just put the money in a plain unmarked paper bag and slip it under the third cubicle door at the park toilets at 9pm tonight.

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  3. You never know when one of your friends will know someone who needs your services, I'd say go for it. But then again, I work in PR where networks are everything. So I wouldn't construe anything I say as practical advice on any topic.

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  4. Hi Gwynn,

    One of my 'friends' commented that he was surprised, even shocked, to hear one of his friends (who had dealings with me) say I was professional...

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  5. The old "I'm an accountant" or "I work for the Government" is vague enough for most situations. It can be a good thing not to advertise what you really do...

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  6. I normally stick with, "I'm a researcher"

    that normally kills of any desire to know more andI get to not have to cover off the endless stereo type questions.

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