I manage my own diary, but increasingly many of my contacts now have someone who does this for them. In an earlier life, I’ve been a PA and managed diaries. I’m curious as to how up-to-date today’s “diary owner” is with the arrangements. It feels very different. Sometimes I feel as though the person I’m meeting / having a phone call / Skype with is totally detached from any of these “behind the scenes” arrangements – I appreciate that is the general idea to some extent! Recently I’ve been blown-out again by someone who I met, we agreed would be good to have a follow-up coffee / conversation, it then got down to a Skype call as she’s too busy for a meet. On the last arranged time, I got an email from the diary manager, at the time of our arranged Skype to say meetings had overrun and she’d be in touch with alternative dates. She and I originally met end April. Busy lady!
So this set me wondering. If you manage someone else’s diary – how does this work for you? Do you get told about overruns last minute? If someone manages your diary for you, how do they keep you up-to-date with your movements. Do you touch base with the arranged person at all, or is it all managed by the “diary manager”. I’m genuinely interested to know.
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