Shortly before our interview with a senior executive at one of the large US banks, the PR gives us some sound advice.
“I know he is going to start pitching – he just can’t stop himself. Just steer the conversation somewhere else,” she says.
Forewarned is forearmed, so when the eager banker starts holding forth about the merits of his particular institution’s approach, Euromoney tries to gently remind him that this is groundwork for any future pitch, not the pitch itself. No dice: he ploughs on regardless.
“I know I am pitching,” he cries. “The problem is, I just can’t help myself!”