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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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

I'm a recent computer science graduate and have been working at my first developer position for about a month. Today I got an email calendar request for weekly one-on-one meetings with my manager. I'...
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How to respond to a meeting request with multiple times if I am indifferent

If someone wants to have a meeting and provides a selection of times, ex: Monday 1:00-1:30 pm - EST Tuesday 9:00-9:30 am - EST Wednesday 2:00-2:30 pm - EST and I am completely indifferent as to the ...
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How to handle it when you didn't do ANYTHING [closed]

So I'm an engineering student. I'm doing my master thesis project for a tech company. It started years ago, but I took a leave of sickness for 2 years due to depression. It was a pretty nasty story ...
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Is it a bad idea to join a call whilst you are still travelling to work?

I travel to work using public transport and sometimes when there are delays I am late to the office. I have calls/meetings over Webex (where someone is sharing their screen whilst discussing something)...
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No topics left in a meeting with a customer

I'm a software developer. We (our CEO, our project manager and me) currently had a two day project meeting with a client (their CEO, their project manager and two power users). On the second day the ...
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How should I reply to this sort of schedule proposal

I got an E-Mail from an employer where I have applied. They asked me when I have time for a meeting in the next 2 weeks. Actually, I could meet at anytime in these 2 weeks so should I write them that ...
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Should I worry about my desktop wallpaper when sharing screen outside the company?

I'm currently an analyst going on four months now in a United States research institute and I have a custom desktop wallpaper. It's a couple of custom sketches of anime characters. Headshots, tasteful ...
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How can I appear more professional/serious at meetings? [closed]

I do some sales meetings with usually IT people and facility directors in local schools, etc. I usually go with just my boss, who is a older man. The people we meet with tend to address him, though I ...
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How to react professionally when introduced as an expert?

I'm working for a big company as part of a specialized team that helps other teams in the company accomplish certain goals. Those other teams can be seen as "customers" (they have no obligation to use ...
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What to do at meetings with nothing about your work?

Sometimes I'm invited to meetings with other deparments. Even though these meetings are very informative, most of the time I don't have anything relevant to say because those meetings are relevant to ...
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How to get people to attend online meetings as a new Project Launch Manager?

I'm a new Project Launch Manager at a corporation similar to Oracle that develops and sells Enterprise apps. I'm inexperienced in my role but I am a self starter and work hard. My problem is that this ...
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How to deal with different daily working hours in a software company?

For employees life/work convenience in our company, we implemented something we call "Non-uniform Daily Working Times Policy". It means that we have a default daily working hours starting from 9AM to ...
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How to answer “I don't know” without losing too much face? [duplicate]

As a technician (IT) from time to time it is necessary to attend business meetings with clients and/or stakeholders. My role is mostly to give consultation and answer questions. My concern is: there ...
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How to answer uncertain question during meeting

I am going to attend a big meeting after this week and I have to prepare some answers to questions which are commonly asked during the meeting. My concern is there are some questions that are beyond ...
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Should I try to be involved in meetings I feel are important to my work but I wasn't included in?

So there has been several meeting for the project that I'm currently on where it would seem are very important to be in but, I am not involved in these meetings. Then I am usually played an exact ...
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Can an employee refuse a 1-to-1 meeting? [closed]

A member of my team, reporting to a deputy, is refusing to attend regular 1-to-1 meetings (which otherwise are standard practice across the whole team). The only reason she offers is "my union say I ...
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Missed email outside working hours [closed]

I've searched everywhere about this but can't find anything, so I might as well ask here. My office is closed on Saturdays (which is quite a hard thing to find in my city) and Sundays of course. ...
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How to encourage my coworker to speak one at a time during discussion?

I am a team leader and I have several members, most of the time when I have something to discuss to my members they tend to speak while I'm speaking and because of that our discussion becomes long. ...
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How should I prepare for a “brown bag meeting” with important clients and immediate bosses?

We are a mid-sized IT company based out of India and one of our high-profile clients from the United States are visiting us. We already had a Townhall meeting where they addressed the entire ...
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Meeting in the restaurant with a senior - what should I have done?

This isn't so much of a workplace-question as an extra-workplace question. I am a pretty junior employee - a developer, and I have joined this company only six months ago on my first ever job. ...
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How to overcome “young and inexperienced” reputation?

I work (8 months) at a smallish healthcare company, as a SQL Data Analyst, that is transitioning to a technology/product model. We have around 80 people and 10 in my department. The issue I'm facing ...
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How should I behave well when I meet with my director? [closed]

Well, I'm doing a job in a private institute. The director is very nice person and supportive. I have to give status reports of my job, he has given me one job and it's going to one entire year and it'...
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Is it OK to keep quiet in meetings?

I am a fresher in an IT firm and I work on two different projects, part time on both. I attend several meetings and I don't have any idea if I should talk in the meetings or not. Also, most of the ...
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How to request a meeting with someone I don't know?

In my organisation there is 4 ways of communicating with other employees: Email, Microsoft Lync (IM application) Going to their desk. Schedule a meeting in outlook and it will send them an invite ...
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How should I respond to an email if I can't go for any of the meetings? [closed]

I just received an email which shows us a list of dates we can attend for a meeting. However, I am busy on all 3 days. How should I respond to my boss? I would expect that I can just send: Sorry [...
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Is every person suppose to speak in a meeting?

Today we had two meetings; our initial IT meeting and then a secondary IT meeting which the company President was joined in on. During our initial meeting, we went over our projects and pipeline of ...
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How to avoid dominating the conversation?

I was in a planning meeting to discuss things we can be doing for the upcoming cycles with the whole team. The PM leading the discussion encouraged us to talk about some ideas we have. I ended up ...
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My Employer wants me to attend staff meetings after work [closed]

I am a teacher who has been working for the same employer for over 15 years. My employer recently decided to require that I attend staff meetings twice each month after regular working hours. However, ...
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Should I tell a superior their statement is incorrect

I have a superior who often communicates incorrect statements during meetings. While I want this question to be more general, because I have been in this situation with many unique settings, I will ...
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Supplying Food for Training meetings

I have been put in charge of running some training seminars for co-workers from other departments. These training courses will be 2 hours long for 10-30 people and will be put on by either myself or ...
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How do you deal with people jumping to conclusions, especially during meetings? [duplicate]

I often find coworkers or managers jumping to conclusions during meetings. People seem like they know what they are talking about during the meetings, but when I talk to them in private afterwards, ...
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Remembering the names of meeting participants

Imagine there is a workshop or meeting with about 10 participants. You see them for the first time. Everybody introduces himself during the first minutes. It's hard for me (and I guess some other ...
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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 company. I am the youngest person in my team (probably 10 to 15 years younger than the other members). I like my team very much ...
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Convincing senior developers (and manager) to come to the meetings on-time

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 of 6. 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 the business of our project. They'd attend client meetings and ...
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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 ...