Events at work often involving others. There can be meetings for one's team, a department, a 1:1 with a manager or 1:1 with a subordinate if applicable. Questions here will usually revolve around handling meetings in terms of schedule, etiquette and other issues.

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Is it impolite to interject in overheard meetings?

There is a manager (not my manager) who sits across from me and since we both have open cubicles I can easily see (if I turn) and hear what he is doing. Perhaps I should phrase it differently, it is ...
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Term for something similar to hijacking a meeting? [migrated]

When someone says hijacking a meeting, IMO it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. Sometimes I get invited to a meeting to take about "ABC", but they would only ...
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Top management calls very frequent off-hours meetings

We have daily meeting with our production manager during office hours. Most of the time the meetings are during office hours. We do not have any difficulties with that. Sometimes our top management ...
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How to respond to a request for a discussion which is out of office hours?

I am working as software developer. My manager is so busy with lot of things. He would like to discuss with me some thing about current project. But since he has higher priority meetings he asked me, ...
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People suddenly getting deaf [closed]

This happens to me usually. Sometimes I am talking to a person, we are chit chatting and all but suddenly if I ask something he or she becomes deaf (not answering). This only happens when I ask ...
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How can I gracefully interrupt others and take the opportunity to talk?

I am working as an IT Consultant for an US-based Organization. My role is development team lead. I've been having some trouble grabbing the opportunity to talk and add my points to the discussion in ...
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Etiquette on loud boardroom meetings?

What is the etiquette on dealing with a boardroom meeting that is exceptionally loud? I work in a building that has several meeting rooms, each can hold up to 10-15 people and are all configured for ...
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Is there a simple, non-offensive way to flag “bike-shedding”?

Is there any neat clean familiar way to get across the idea of "bike-shedding"? "Bikeshedding" is when legitimate agenda items or elements of a project which people enjoy or find easy to discuss ...
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When should I apologize for missing a meeting? [closed]

I am an intern at a software company. I was late coming in to the office today and missed a 15 minute meeting. I am having trouble deciding whether it is appropriate to apologize for missing the ...
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Is it unprofessional to bring lunch to a meeting?

Every so often I have days that are very busy with no time to take a proper lunch. When this happens, I usually end up bringing my lunch to a meeting and eating while other people talk. These aren't ...
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How can I overcome my fear of public speaking? [duplicate]

I am a software engineer at a top multinational corporation. I have extreme stage fright, to the extent that I cannot speak in a group. Whenever I go for a meeting, my situation is like kaato tau ...
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My new employer wants to me to attend a meeting with their team

I have accepted a job offer and currently on notice period. My notice period is 2 months and alomost one third is completed. My new employer wants to me to attend a meeting with their team for a new ...
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How can I control questions asked during a presentation?

When people give presentations in my company, other members interrupting the flow of the presentation with questions/discussions on minor points can make the presentation lose focus. Personally I find ...
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How do you keep people on track/topic during meetings? [duplicate]

I work with a few people who like to go off on long tangents and/or go deep into unnecessary detail during meetings. What are some strategies that I can use to keep these people on track and keep our ...
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I missed a meeting because I misread the email how should I approach this?

So, I don't have many meetings but this was one of the first more important ones yet I happened to misread the email. So that's fine and all but on top of that I had soaked my phone in water so when I ...
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Reasons companies insist on presenting you with an offer in a face to face meeting?

I'm to meet with a company's HR representative to give me an offer for a job I applied. The HR person insisted on having this offer presented to me in a meeting. I asked for an email with the offer ...
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What should I do when I don't have anything to say in daily stand up meetings?

I'm not skipping my work, but I have dependencies on other teams' work which block my own. What should I say in daily stand up meetings, if I cannot do any work? I agree that telling I am waiting for ...
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Team members coming late to meeting organized by me

I have recently joined a software company as a team lead. Previously I was working in a small organization where most of the works were getting done orally and the company wasn't process-oriented. ...
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To what extent is it common practice to inform others of who is going to be at a meeting? [closed]

In North America, is it culturally accepted that everyone knows who else is going to be at a meeting, or should one not be surprised if some people they did not think were going to be there arrive? ...
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How many weekly meetings with a remote worker?

With our in-house team we have daily briefings before we start work and one longer meeting at the end of a week. In time, it's 15-30 min for briefings (mainly 15 min) and 30-60 min for a end-week ...
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What to look for in infosessions put on by recruiters

The college I attend often has info sessions for computer-science related business looking to recruit students or recent graduates. Today Google came and even though Google is a very reputable and ...
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As a new Team Leader, what should I talk about in an initial, introductory, one on one meeting? [closed]

I've started new position on my company, and I need to get to know the team members (although I'm already familiar with some of them). What items should we discuss in an initial one on one meeting to ...
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Should I be scheduling 1:1 with the manager?

There has been a restructuring within my Org. and my reporting manager has changed. My earlier manager used to sit in the same bay and so we could indulge in some casual talks and he was more or less ...
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How to make viewpoints in a meeting count

I work with a team lead who is dismissive about other races. This person is an American and has no respect for people from other nations. He isn't open about it but his demeanor and candor show his ...
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How to approach a manager to give a suggestion for reorganizing meetings?

I have recently started my first job after grad school. The size of my team is around 20. My manager is great. I meet (as quick meetings) most of my teammates at least once in a day to discuss what is ...
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How to backseat project manage when meetings are poorly/not facilitated?

Meetings without agendas which are poorly facilitated do NOT fall into the category of beneficial meetings. Unfortunately, a lot of PMs or managers do not have the expertise or skill leading ...
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How best to communicate an “FYI” a meeting is taking place?

Fairly often I create (or attend) a meeting I would like to communicate to others an FYI without needing them to attend. Generally, I forward it with text along the lines of, "FYI - no need to ...
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Penalty for being late to a meeting

We are using Scrum and our manager decided that if somebody lates to the daily scrum (which is in the morning) he or she have to buy a piece of chocolate (or something like that) for the others. Is it ...
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How to act in a meeting when everyone is a manager except me?

Sometimes I join some meetings where everyone is a manager, like department managers to discuss a problem or a situation which needs the joined effort of multiple departments. Anyway I am no manager ...
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How can I get out of meetings? [duplicate]

We have a LOT of meetings at my job. Individual departments have meetings. Then, people from every department have cross-department meetings to make sure everyone is on the same page. Somehow ...
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Meeting starting before I'm contracted to start working

My scheduled hours of my office are 09:30-17:30, and we have a big project starting, which will cost the company lots of money if it fails. The project manager for this project has scheduled ...
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Is it improper to use Powerpoint to ask questions?

When inheriting a pre-existing project/task, what's the best way to conduct a meeting in which the primary purpose is for the meeting lead to be more informed, as opposed to the other members? I'm ...
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Staying awake in meetings with projectors? [closed]

I have this reoccurring problem. It is 9/10/11am and I am at a meeting where I sit either one chair or two away from a large projector screen. With the fluorescent lights off, the screen is bright in ...
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How to transition back to productive work quickly after long meetings?

So here's the deal and I 'm sure many can relate because I've had people say "yep, that's me too.". I will have a single meeting or string of meetings chained together that span say 2-3 hours with no ...
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How can I tell people to get to the point?

I've recently come to a work place where people use a lot of useless business lingo and generally inflate communications with long unproductive fluff. I frequently find myself nodding and hoping they ...
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How to convince colleagues about my point of view in a meeting? [closed]

Often it happens that we have meetings in which I'm fairly convinced about one or more point concerning my field (i.e. ICT) and when I've to discuss with non ICT-expert I've to talk a lot and often it ...
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How do I instill meeting request email etiquette in my team?

My team does not respond to any meeting requests, does not use proper subject for emails and generally does not appear to have any email etiquette. This is also seen in more senior members of the team ...
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Does a company need a meeting code of conduct?

A couple of months ago a teamwork consultant came in and assigned a few of us to write a meeting code of conduct. The sample he gave us to work on was several pages long. At this point, I looked up ...
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Most effective way to do daily standup meeting when a few people are remote

I am a software developer in a small team of seven. We are not an Agile (with a big 'A') team but are experimenting with some aspects of agile. One of these is the daily "standup" meeting. The ...
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How can I be productive at unproductive meetings?

I work for a manager that is very fond of meetings. The problem is, however, that more than half of these meetings are both unnecessary and wasteful. For example, we have a regularly scheduled ...
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Manager who insists on too many calls/meetings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?” My colleague is placed with a problem with reporting manager. The manager wants to spend too ...
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What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?”

Sometimes it becomes difficult to work a normal work week because you are in meetings for so long during the day you have minimal time to actually work during the day. For example, if you have no ...
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What can I do when the answer to every question is “call a meeting”?

Background - I'm the technical lead on a software project. I came up from software engineering and I am responsible for technical interaction with the customer, other vendors, the software product ...
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Dealing with critics in group situations

What should I do when I am facilitating a discussion and someone is deliberately attempting to sabotage the discussion to promote an external agenda? There are a few way I have considered dealing ...
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Is there anything wrong with asking about job security?

Okay, so my company has recently had a bit of a "shake-up"/downsize. Many people have been made redundant due to quiet sales this past few months. My role isn't "key" in the business' operation (my ...
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I made a possible mistake on a live project at work, how to handle this mess?

I am a software developer that just started out in this company. It's been almost three weeks. On Friday when I was about to leave work, a co-worker stopped me and told me to make changes to already ...
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When is it appropriate to work during a meeting?

When in a meeting, there are often little things that come up in the meeting that could just be done during the meeting, instead of recording actions, doing it after and the reporting back at the next ...
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My manager always seems too busy to meet with me. How can I improve that?

He's a great guy, but it feels like he's always in meetings or going to conferences or on the phone on long calls. He has told me that he really enjoys those interactions. He and I work somewhat ...
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How can I encourage our team to have shorter meetings?

We have status meetings every day, consisting of 8 - 10 people. These are scheduled to last 20 minutes and be stand-up meetings. Frequently they last 30 or even 40 minutes and the discussion goes all ...
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How to capture and manage the minutes of meeting for the team? [closed]

Usually in many meetings some designated person note down various points/minutes and send that note as an email to all participants. However, overtime i find that emails become too much of a pile of ...