Fucked up a slide presented to a client

Just noticed I fucked up a slide that was presented to a client. I mistyped a number. It's my fault and I should get better, should I let the MD know for the follow up request next week?

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  • Intern in IB - Ind
Oct 21, 2020 - 6:09pm

Yes let them know, with the corrected figure. Odds the client won't zero in on that number specifically (unless it's EBITDA or something major), but it's best practice to warn your MD just in case so they don't look bad for not being able to explain it to the client

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Oct 21, 2020 - 7:05pm

No wtf^ terrible advice, you keep your mouth shut (let your associate know unless he's a narc)


Odds are if they didnt notice the error in the meeting (i.e. revenue/ebitda) it probably won't make a difference/wasn't an important metric and they won't notice it UNLESS YOU TELL THEM


Also an intern shouldn't be giving an analyst advice

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Gen
Oct 22, 2020 - 1:29pm

I would never, you are burning yourself. It is one thing if this is pre-meeting and you can rectify the error. 

After the meeting? At that point your MD will have figured it out and come to you or he did not notice it at all!

  • Works at Jefferies & Company
Oct 21, 2020 - 7:07pm

You don't say shit until that number somehow becomes relevant. 

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Ind
Oct 21, 2020 - 7:26pm

We have a follow up request with the client regarding another number on that same slide 

Oct 21, 2020 - 10:29pm

Not the Jefferies employee, but why not just update the slide with the correct number?

3 paths:

  • If it's a tiny data point, don't mention it.
  • If it's a big number, say you reran the numbers b/c it didn't seem right MD might ask, but probably not. 
  • If this number somehow impacts the analysis of the follow up, tell your MD. When they present (if they're not an enormous scumbag/moron) they'll just say "we made some revisions/updates to XYZ scenario, please see the updated slide."

Admitting mistakes shows humility. Picking out every mistake you make will lead to a garbage performance review. 

  • Associate 2 in IB - Ind
Oct 22, 2020 - 6:56pm

Last sentence is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes.


1) If it's a pitch. Who cares. 90% of the numbers in a pitch are fake.

2) If it's just with the client (not a buyer) - fix it when you send around the follow up. Highlight the change and describe why it changed. No one will care as long as it's now right.

3) If it's a number that matters in diligence, materially off, and has been already shared with buyers. That's a different story. 

Oct 21, 2020 - 7:39pm

What in the actual fuck is everyone talking about

If that figure is critical (and only you know if it is, nobody else on this site well obviously) then you need to let your direct report (in this case associate know) fuckin asap.

Let him/her do the talking to their direct superior and so on


You're not a dummy. think about this logically. There's 2 possibilies. One is you're overreacting and it's not a big deal. Then your associate should realize this and cut it off right there. No damage done. You were better safe than sorry

if it is a big deal then you'll have caught it before it's too late.

It is ridiculously embarsassing, aprticularly to the MD if your client for whatever reason digs in on this. I've seen it happen and it makes everyone on your team look careless


Oct 22, 2020 - 8:21pm

I think the actual fuck that everyone is talking about is that, of all of the numbers in a typical deck that bankers put together, maybe ~1% of them are important and actually looked at. If this is one of the 99% of things that's just put on a page for completeness but doesn't actually matter to anything or anyone, just update it in your next iteration and no one will notice. If it's a number people will be paying attention to, obviously you don't have a choice.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Ind
Oct 22, 2020 - 9:23pm

dont do it. at least 2-3 people reviewed your work, if they didn't catch it, the client probably didn't too. And also it is your associate/vp's fault as well as your MD. If it was big/significant enough, you would have heard already. get over it dude. it happens

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