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My boss loves to have every warm body possible in pitch meetings, even people who aren’t working on it. He will slack you out of the blue and expect you to drop everything to just sit there and make the team look “impressive.” Why are people like this? Don’t clients see right through it? Is it actually impressive to have 10+ people in the room if only half of them participate? 😑 it’s such a waste of everyone’s time.

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I had a client once count the number of people in a packed room and say, “Wow. This meeting is costing me 15k. Let’s see if it’s worth it.”

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Sounds like a client who used to work for an agency. I think that all the time. A room full of SVPs and EVPs, only 10% of whom are actually contributing. It gets expensive very quickly, with minimal ROI as far as I’m concerned.

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I’ve worked places where they reshuffle the entire seating chart to cram everyone together before a client visits the office. I’m like…so one corner is packed af but the rest of the space is empty?? Make it make sense

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I was once asked to sit on the stairs with my MacBook and work there while a client toured to make the agency look more active and creative. Like I was just struck down with an idea right there on the stairs and couldn’t even drag myself the fifteen feet to my desk before I got to work on it. Even worse, I was scrambling to get deck copy finished for the same client presentation AND I was wearing a skirt.

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Senior Strategist OP, look at it from the client’s point of view. All other things being equal, which looks better to spend millions on — a team of dozens, or only a few people? Which do you think feels more expensive? An ad agency is in the business of making money not just for the client, but for itself.

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