Scenario: Small website (<$5000). Delivered very quickly. Site looks great.
Client has been somewhat contentious throughout. Slow to respond to requests for information but quick to criticize. Last straw was an email about "Why aren't we #1" kind of thing. (Side note. This client is also an acquaintance. Not a friend, but someone I know from my local church. He's also, in short, an ass)
i called a meeting with him and his partner with the intention of layout out a finalist list of expectations so I can get him to sigb off on the punch list and get this thing closed once and for all.
My email suggested a date, him, and his partner, at Starbucks.
He responded with an Outlook invite showing his office (which is in the basement of his home). I responded with a "tentative" and put a note "lets meet at Starbucks" (as per my original meeting overture)
He responded "I would prefer we meet at my office. Let me know if this is a problem"
This is CLEARLY a power play. This will be a confrontational meeting and I know enough to make any confrontational type of meeting on neutral ground.
My intent is to respond and say yes, I do have a problem with your office. I called the meeting, we'll meet at starbucks"
Otherwise, I can just say hell with it, he's not going to intimidate me one way or the other, his office is fine.