If you see any of these signs when starting out with a client, recognize that they’re weary about change. The purpose of a campaign is to drive attention to a cause and meet objectives. If a client isn’t all in, why are you? I’ve had to be direct with organizations that showed these signs—not because I stopped supporting the cause, but because they weren’t ready. Unfortunately, you can’t force a client to be ready; you can introduce new ideas and present different strategies, but ultimately it’s up to them to come to the table with an open mind. The project or the cause could be wonderful and fabulous, but at the end of the day you have to consider what you have to work with, and you have to measure how much you can actually turn around. Make your work invaluable. There are plenty of other campaigns who would be happy to use your expertise.