I had a meeting with a new client this afternoon. On the way up, I had been getting the briefing from my colleague about who the people were, X who the meeting is with, and Y and Z who might come, depending on what X decides (all male names).
So when “Katie” meets us at the door, I immediately assume that she is X’s secretary and make polite secretaryish conversation (about their Christmas party tonight). I hope it wasn’t too blatantly obvious that that’s what I thought, because she joined us at the meeting to (as X said) take the notes of the meeting and do all the work.
I was really annoyed with myself. People never assume I’m a secretary because I don’t look right (I have really short hair, wear no makeup and I always wear trousers), but I remember what it was like when they did and I hated it.