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What do you do when a manager or client hijacks your meeting, scraps your agenda, and then claims you came unprepared (when you had prepared for the original agenda that you didn't even get to cover)?

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I started sending out draft agenda before meetings it dint totally stop the hijacking BUT at least showed i tried 🤷‍♀️

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If your client does it, I’d just make sure the manager understands what happened. If your manager does it, well, you’re maybe in for a rough project experience. Probably need to prime your manager ahead of the meeting next time so they know what to expect and can ask to switch directions if needed.

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Tell them your original agenda and need to cover them if critical. Ask next time if they have agenda items to add to you in advance

Don’t say that’s your fault but do better job in management of manager’s / client’s expectation. Share the agenda in advance and ask if they want to include something else. If not, send the agenda to all participants before the meeting.

I have a client who does this. We have weekly meetings on Monday morning. I started posting a proposed agenda by 10am the Friday before (we use Dropbox but could be done in any file sharing system or by email), and ask that any agenda additions or changes be posted by COB Friday. Then, no matter what, that's the agenda I pull up Monday. It also gives me time to prep if I see any agenda items that they added and I wasn't expecting.

How often do they add/change? Your end of day Friday deadline sounds like the perfect way to ruin your weekend... Better off doing this in Thursday or by noon on Friday at the latest.

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