Do impossible deadlines leave you speechless?

Surely you’ve been asked to accommodate a seemingly impossible deadline. Maybe it even happened this week—or today! But what’s the best approach when an impossible deadline comes your way?

Instead of “sucking it up” or “making it work,” – try speaking up. If a client asks you to have something ready on Monday, try saying, “Wednesday would be much more realistic.”


What do you do when a client asks for an impossible deadline?

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