I find that sometimes some people tend to lapse into a denial-overdrive even when blatant findings are presented to them. Then they get really defensive because the data obtained contradicts with the rosy pictures they have been painting all these while.
Basically today's meeting felt a bit like a super massive viva voce: the consultant team being the student presenting and the reps from various government departments and NGOs are the examiners. The good thing is that, unlike a viva voce where one becomes the sole target of the firing squad, the team has multiple members who are experienced in their respective fields.
I reckon one of the toughest part of being in consultancy is that, in one way or another, one has to remain calm, polite, and diplomatic at all times. It is freakish when you are bombarded by all these people who request for additional stuff as if it is so simple to accomplish when in fact to obtain that additional information involves another load of time and hardwork, and hundreds of data to analyse.
And it's not like they increase the payment.
Today's experience reminded me of a viva incident whereby the examiners have to be reminded of the objectives and scope of study. And in our position today, the TOR.
Oh yea, I realised that my book really stinks.
It has been in this irreversible disgusting condition since the day I got soaked in the rain in Batu Putih. It all boiled down to me forgetting to put my book back into the zip-lock baggie it was in...