There is a power play in these ridiculously early meetings at conferences.
First, no-one WANTS to do a meeting at 07.30. The important party to the meeting (and the re is always the important player and the less important player) is fully booked so can only offer the B-list company this last slot. The less important party accepts gratefully, because any meeting is better than no meeting with the Very Important Company.
Then there’s the macho element of, “I’m SO busy, fully booked from 07.00 till 22.00 every day – 49 meetings.”
Here’s a tip. Just say NO.
And agreeing to see someone for a drink is not a “meeting.”
(photo Heroes Square, Budapest: Rex)