Questions tagged [meetings]

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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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What's the best time to arrive for an interview / meeting / appointment?

For every interview or a meeting, I surf the internet and refresh my mind on "what to do in an interview". Almost every resource I read, stated that I need to arrive ~15 mins before the interview time....
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Mandatory unpaid lunch meeting

Context: I work in a small size (25) IT company in Canada for about 8 months. And I'm paid by hour, I punch time in a software. At my job, they really like to do meetings during lunch time, about 2 ...
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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 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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What are methods for conducting efficient meetings? [closed]

What are some methods of coordinating meaningful effective meetings? Effective is defined as succinct, following the scope, leaving with decisions made, etc. Of all the meetings we conduct as a ...
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Is it professional to leave a meeting early if attendees are late and it runs over work hours?

I don't mind staying late to get something done in a fire drill, or to meet deadlines, but if there's a meeting that runs over the working hours that you've communicated to your co-workers (in a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How can I manage up with a supervisor that doesn't respect time?

I'm currently freelancing on a project, and my supervisor has time management issues. He doesn't respect other people's time - or at least doesn't respect the time I reserved with him. Examples ...
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I get bored when people talk too much in meetings. What should I do?

When attending meetings that I should attend, I get bored because some people talk too much without putting action points or setting a plan of the next steps that should be done. I imagine it that ...
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How to politely ask colleagues to converse somewhere else?

I work in an open plan office and we have some meeting rooms people can use. However, often when people leave these rooms they will keep talking outside of the meeting rooms for 10-15 minutes, ...
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My boss wants me to attend a meeting every day before work hours

My manager at a software company I've worked at for a few years has asked me to join a status update (a standup if you are familiar with agile) meeting daily, before my normal work hours. My boss ...
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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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How can I encourage our team to have shorter stand-up 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 can I politely leave meetings I can't contribute to or learn from?

At my job we have fairly frequent meetings with either ill-defined agendas, or agendas that are a long list of subjects with no central theme - basically "the team should meet to talk about anything ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dinner scheduled with client where I do not want to eat for personal reasons

There is an upcoming visit from one of my companies clients, where I do development work for. My company usually invites clients to dinner at the same place each and every time if they visit us. For ...
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How to politely avoid or decline unexpected off-the-clock work?

In this specific company, work hours are very flexible. The only rules are: You must be at work between 9h30 and 11h30, and between 13h30 and 15h30. You must work a certain number of hours per week, ...
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Should I say anything of substance in a 1-on-1?

I know not to say anything in an exit interview. However, I'm not at that point, although I'm not happy at my job and am attempting (though not as hard as I could be) to leave. Instead, I am having ...
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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 politely say my plans have changed, and I can now catch up for a quick meeting

Addendum: I am in Vietnam from Australia on a 2 week business trip. I came here to meet with Company A, which I did on my first week of coming up here (last week Friday). Four days after meeting (...