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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excluded from small team meetings

I am on a three person team. The other two team members are considered senior, I think of myself as an intermediate. I have been at the firm for two years and joined as a junior. Our company is ...
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How to communicate with checkbox-tickers about CMS choices [closed]

A web department develops a lot of CMSes using developer-friendly tools and frameworks, mostly using open-source technologies. They are being asked to develop and support a website using Sharepoint ...
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Tell customer politely that interruptions during meetings will not be allowed

In previous business meetings with a customer, I mistakenly allowed the customer to leave to see to some task during our meeting and while waited for him. The customer now considers temporarily ...
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How to request senior team members to prepare well for the team meeting?

I have joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big firm. I am the youngest person in my team (probably 10 to 15 years younger than the other members). I like my team very much as ...
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Convincing senior developers (and manager) to come to the meetings on-time

I joined my first job 6 months ago as a software developer at a big firm. I am the youngest person in my team of 11. I like my team very much as all of the members are cool and very helpful. We ...
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How to equalize the opportunity to speak during meetings

I am a board member for a local non-profit where all board members are considered equal. During meetings, when two people begin speaking at the same time, one member consistently dominates. That ...
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Job interview: Contact with interview officer.

I am in a situation when I am looking for a job. I am invited for my first job interview. On the invitation letter I am informed the name of the officials to whom I will have to meet. I thought it ...
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How the questions are identified and prepared for different types of meetings

In workplace or any other place there can be lot of different types of meetings we need to attend. For ex. Meeting related to project performance, appraisal related meetings, trainings for trainers, ...
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How to respond to boss who wants to move regular meeting time due to daylight saving time?

I manage a team that has a brief meeting scheduled every day for the same time. My boss is invited to this meeting and is a valuable participant. However, my boss is in another country and the recent ...
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How to represent daily work done effectively in daily call with reporting manager sitting abroad

In the project I am working each of us need to give daily status to Reporting Manager for the daily development task we had done in a telephonic call as my reporting manager works from US office. I am ...
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How to give effective daily report status to Client in daily scrum meeting which creates good impression

Recently I joined a new company which following daily scrum meeting opposite to Waterfall model which I am habitual(I have experience of 9+ years). In my previous companies I need to talk with my ...
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One-on-One's at New Job, Is This Common?

I just started a new job a couple weeks ago. I just noticed that my boss scheduled some short weekly meetings with me for about the next five–seven week (or, how ever long they're needed). Is this ...
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What are the possible answers for this question “Why didn't you join as an employee?” [closed]

I am working for a big insurance company as Contractor joined 6 months ago. I have a meeting with one of our Sr Directors to get to know each other. Our team is small-medium sized, about 40 members. ...
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What are some tips for apologizing to my CEO for missing a very important meeting? [closed]

So this morning, I went to my office expecting to attend this HUGE meeting (overview and intro to procedures on a large grant my organization has been awarded) and learned, too late, that the meeting ...
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How much should a developer contribute in business analysis meetings of a software project?

I've previously worked in a project where mostly my Team Lead, Project Manager and the Business Analyst would sit together and discuss about the business of our project. They'd attend client meetings ...
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Meeting etiquette [closed]

A direct report of mine walks into meetings and either keeps working on other stuff or chatting with other folks at the office. I know that this is a bad meeting etiquette and basically an insult to ...
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Preparing a introduction meeting

History: When I was between the second and the third year on the university I looked for some company to work or do an internship. I got in touch with companies of my interest, which although related ...
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How to be more assertive within a senior team [closed]

I've been working as a "Software Engineer" at a large, well-known tech company in the Valley for over a year and a half now. Previous to this, I've worked at another company straight out of college ...
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How to work in a group where criticism of actions is very difficult? [closed]

There is a group of people: one from Sweden, one from Russia and one from Kazastan in a project about petreleum drilling. Those two (Russian and Kasastan one) agrees on everything what they decide. ...
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Demonstrating working to a high level with minimal supervision

Some job ads ask for something like "Undertake main duties to a high level with minimal supervision". How do I address this in a letter addressing selection criteria? I can describe that I receive ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be included in a chew out meeting?

After having a read of this question, and it's answers, a hypothetical-esque question popped in my head. Imagine if you'd heard some one/people had made a mistake on something you're involved with, ...
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Is it appropriate to ask to be excused from a chew-out meeting?

Recently some co-workers have fallen out of line with our standards for completing a well-documented task and need to be reminded of their duties and responsibility when completing said task. The ...
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Should I point out typos to colleagues in meetings? [closed]

When in a group meeting with a projector on, if someone's making notes or typing out minutes for everyone to see, I'd occasionally point out typos to do with internal acronyms and terms. I try not to ...
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Stop team members from talking when they are distracting in meetings?

I am working as a team leader for a technical team. I have been in a project for past 6 months and I know most of the history of the project. Due to multiple reasons a mess was created in the project. ...
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How should I approach my manager that I want to move to another team inside the same company?

I joined my current company a year and a half ago and I've had the same manager since then. My manager has been stressing out in our one-to-one meetings that I am not performing adequately, even ...
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Is it bad to offer alternative solutions without recommending them?

Sometimes in a meeting where a problem is being discussed I'll say something like "Perhaps we should consider frobnigating the widgetron instead of hexterpating the frampilator. I'm not saying that's ...
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What is the purpose of 1-on-1 meetings with your direct leader/boss?

I have worked in places where one-on-one meetings (a meeting where only the boss and one other employee are present) are a weekly thing and topics can vary from "what did you do this weekend" to "do ...
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How to identify which is relevant information for audience and set right context in discussions? [closed]

I am working as team lead for IT department of US based organization. My team consists team member from different vendors. Even I am also vendor to current organization. In the meetings(Specifically ...
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Ways to prevent employees from talking not related things during meeting [duplicate]

There are many instances that I've attended a meeting. During the first 30 minutes the meeting is very okay, every employees are focused on the meeting, giving ideas and you can really see the ...
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How can I make meetings more interesting?

While we were presenting our Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, the head of the department seemed uninterested in the details of the system. This resulted in a boring meeting and lead to the ...
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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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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 ...