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1-on-1 time with the president...

Posting for a relative... The President of my company has asked everyone in my department to meet with him in a 1 on 1 meeting in an effort to get to know us on a more personal level. I work for a Fortune 500 company in the travel industry. I studied Economics in college and deal with supply/demand pricing every day. From what I've heard, his meetings with non-management employees have been very relaxed. At the end of the meeting he asks what your salary is and if you are happy with it. He also asks if we have any questions for him. My question to you is what should my answer be to the salary question be? I am happy with what I'm getting paid but obviously want more. And what kind of questions should I ask him?
posted by likeapen on Jul 30, 2014 - 8 answers

E-mail Meeting Scheduling (Outlook?) messages have the wrong time

I use Hotmail. A business partner sends me a meeting scheduling message, I'm not sure what they are whether it's an Outlook thing, but they have the time and date of the meeting, along with "Accept", "Decline" check boxes. The trouble is the time's wrong. [more inside]
posted by storybored on Jul 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Funny/Inspirational/Work-Appropriate Pictures for Chinese Colleagues

I lead a monthly teleconference with a small team of colleagues in China, and would like to kick off each session with a funny or inspirational image or quote. Help me find something that doesn't get lost in translation! [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on May 27, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me prepare for two big work meetings about possible new roles

I’m looking to make a move to a different role and location of the Mega Corp I work in. Have two meetings set up with people who could make that happen. Now what? Please help me understand the perspective of the bosses I'm meeting with and what I might say now that I have made these meetings happen! Background and specific question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Etiquette about audio recording meetings with customers using Evernote

How would you feel about having a meeting recorded, where you're discussing your business and the problems you'd like to solve? How would you feel being asked if I could record the meeting? [more inside]
posted by infinitejones on Jan 31, 2014 - 23 answers

Brooklyn restaurant for one-on-one business meeting

I am a free-lance bookkeeper seeking new clients. I would like to meet prospects at a Brooklyn restaurant. Ideally it would be moderately priced, available for lunch or dinner, quiet, well-lit and have wi-fi access. Anything that has 4 out of those 5 would be super, and anyplace with all of them is superb.
posted by layceepee on Jan 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Finally meeting in real life; the disappointment will be palpable

There are several people I've been chatting to online for various periods of time, who I'm likely to meet on my next journey around the USA. In the case of a few, they are asking to meet up. Nothing romantic and more than friendship with any, though the level of friendship differs; in some cases it's quite strong or complex. Problem is, the prospect of finally meeting IRL repeatedly terrifies me to the point of making me feel ill. Is this kind of feeling normal or common, or not? How can I subdue it and not make myself hide, literally? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Dec 11, 2013 - 23 answers

How to make the first "in-law" get-together as pleasant as possible?

My fiance's parents are finally meeting my parents and I am vaguely sick with anticipatory worry. [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Dec 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Concerned citizen meets with real estate developer and architect

A real estate developer offered to meet with me and a friend and have his architect show us conceptual plans of their project in advance of the official unveiling to the public. I've never met with a developer or an architect. What do I do to make this a productive meeting & not waste the time of developer and architect? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Nov 25, 2013 - 9 answers

What to do about someone I like

Basically I met a guy at a bar (I'm also a guy fyi)... We've been going places, eating out, and hanging out for the past month and a half and still are. Every day or every other day or so and he's always up for it. He messages me while we're both at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Meeting Neighbors, College Edition

What are good ways to introduce yourself to your neighbors? Each year the houses adjacent to us cycle out with new folks. We'd like to get to know the new neighbors every year, just to be able to know who the people who live feet away from us. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Sep 4, 2013 - 9 answers

That didn't go how I planned

A rough first impression . . . [more inside]
posted by chainsofreedom on Aug 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Gift ideas to celebrate creative thinking

My boss asked me to purchase gifts that celebrate "out-of-the-box" thinking. His suggestions were "a brass sculpture" or "a mousepad." I thought MeFi could do better. [more inside]
posted by MetalFingerz on Jul 26, 2013 - 34 answers

It'd be improper to tell him his joke made me suicidal, I guess.

I keep finding myself in a peculiar and incredibly disheartening group social dynamic. I need practical guidance on how to "fix" the latest one, and maybe some suggestions on how to head these things off before we get to Suicidal Ideation pass. [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Jun 22, 2013 - 58 answers

One-on-one dinner with boss after meeting

My boss and I went to a meeting yesterday. He invited me for a bite afterwards and I initially said "no, not if you have other things to do". He said he didn't, so by mutual agreement we decided to. Ended up being a proper dinner, but it was just pasta at a bistro/restaurant type place where there were lots of other people. Did I do the right thing by not refusing outright? Here are the other facts: [more inside]
posted by glache on Jun 20, 2013 - 37 answers

How should I respond to confusion about a meeting time?

Early last week, I had a meeting where there were two people from my organization, and three people from an organization we're hoping to work with in the near future. At the end of the meeting, we agreed on a future date/time for our next meeting. The following day, I emailed everyone in attendance, with (our shared impression of) the date/time/location of our next email in the second sentence of the email. Today, it became clear that everyone on their side of the meeting thought it was supposed to happen today, and I thought it was happening tomorrow. How should I respond? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Jun 17, 2013 - 8 answers

What's a good giveaway for a business meeting?

What's a good giveaway for attendees of a mid-sized business meeting (50 people) to mark the "beginning of a new era"? May be symbolic or something useful, as long as it's not tacky. Maximum value ~25 USD.
posted by lord_yo on May 25, 2013 - 17 answers

Places for a lunch meeting in Chicago (near the Hilton...)?

I had to do this last year for San Francisco. This year, it's in Chicago! I'm looking for a place that can comfortably seat a group of 7 for an informal lunch meeting. It has to be within a five-minute walk of the Chicago Hilton, reasonably priced, decent food, and have a semi-quiet environment. I see some possibilities on Yelp, but it's hard to judge from there whether they'd actually be suitable. Any kind of food is fine, but vegan/vegetarian recommendations are especially welcome. Thank you for your help!
posted by mariokrat on Apr 26, 2013 - 6 answers

How to make webinars better?

Can't Meet In-Person, so how do I execute the best series of Webinars possible for participants? [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Apr 4, 2013 - 4 answers

Pursuing a Platonic Friendship

So I am in an extended academic program meaning almost all of my friends have graduated and moved on and I know only a handful of people in my current city. I have always been very shy and since the departure of my friends I have been making every effort to be a more social, friendly, and outgoing person. I have been doing an OK job but sometimes stumble as I feel very awkward initiating friendships of either sex and I really need help with this one. [more inside]
posted by Valkyrie21 on Mar 31, 2013 - 7 answers

Where are the outlets???

Company wants to group skype, and everything is working great Except the main conference room, which is about 8x bigger than the others. [more inside]
posted by one4themoment on Mar 13, 2013 - 5 answers

I have to provide wifi. Tonight!

I set up an event tonight where we need wifi. I thought there was wifi but turns out there isn't. How can I get 5-7 people's laptops connected to the internet without spending too much cash? Is this even possible on short notice? I know you can turn smart phones into hotspots but mine is a dumb sprint phone. Changing the venue is possible, but I want to avoid it. Halp!
posted by hot_monster on Feb 19, 2013 - 8 answers

"Past misunderstandings, second chances, next years' projects."

I was used as a scapegoat, demoted and put on a performance improvement plan due to a toxic PM. Half a year later, the tables seem to have turned, and his boss wants to talk. I don't know what to say. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2013 - 30 answers

Diplomatic correction of "official" version of events--how?

I am going to be present at a meeting in which a group of us will be asked to make a decision based on a document with misleading information in it. I would like some advice on how to present the correct version of events without being insubordinate or seeming to call my higher-ups liars. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2013 - 19 answers

I have thirty minutes to make my boss stop hating me.

My boss treats me like garbage. My coworkers encouraged me to set up a meeting with her to discuss how we can have a better relationship. Our meeting is tomorrow and I'm regretting scheduling this talk. How can I go through with it and get the best results without humiliating myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 23 answers

How Do We Meet New People?

Wife and I just moved near Centennial, CO and are wanting to meet new people our age. The thing is, she is 29 and I am 38, no children...People I work with are families or older who want to do kid stuff with other couples. We both like movies, games, books, are easy to please and are easy to get along with...don't have a lot of money for high end stuff but would be nice to just get to know some folks. Any thoughts?
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Meeting extended family.

Meeting the extended family over Christmas - pointers to help it go well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 8 answers

meeting people is easy

Please help me improve my informal networking skills [more inside]
posted by seesom on Nov 8, 2012 - 4 answers

Newly Single, New Neighborhood In PDX. Best Places?

New Neighborhood in Portland OR! New to me, anyway. I could use some help! I now live downtown. What bars, pubs, etc, are great for a casual first date? I'm in my late 30s if that helps. [more inside]
posted by Mr Ected on Oct 25, 2012 - 9 answers

What should I ask my CVP?

I am a software developer at [a big software company]. In a few hours here, I've got a one-hour meeting with my retiring-this-month corporate vice president. We are both women in tech. What should I ask her? [more inside]
posted by kthxbi on Oct 1, 2012 - 8 answers

Where to meet, not to eat.

You need to meet with your soon-to-be ex-husband to go over some financial issues. You've both agreed to do it without your lawyers just to get some stuff resolved without the complication of their "input". Where? Your house feels uncomfortable as a site. No way are you going to his new place. A restaurant? No. We don't want to have dinner together, just talk quietly and calmly and maybe go over some documents. The library? Feels weird. Suggestions?
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2012 - 41 answers

How to be a better note taker for meetings?

What do you do before, during, and after a meeting to end up with concise, but accurate and useful notes? Technical/practical and framing advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Any helpful hints/tips to guide me in my meeting with a club manager regarding events I would like to throw?

I have a meeting tomorrow with an university club manager regarding events that I would like to throw. I have never done this before - any tips/tricks on what I should bring, what I should have prepared and how to negotiate the best pay for me? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Aug 19, 2012 - 6 answers

How to un-boring my meetings?

What is the most awesome meeting icebreaker / energizer that you have ever heard of and / or participated in? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Jul 11, 2012 - 32 answers

A Queer Girl's Guide to NYC

I'm a woman in her mid-twenties who is coming to realize that she might like other women in the romantic sense. I'm in NYC. How/where can I meet and date other women and get to know NYC's queer scene? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 14 answers

How do I move on from an ex boyfriend and meet new people?

How do I move on from an ex boyfriend and meet new people? [more inside]
posted by enantio on Jun 12, 2012 - 13 answers

Analyzing Meeting Minutes

What are some good books or articles that have used an organization's meeting minutes as a main source of data?
posted by Jagz-Mario on Apr 6, 2012 - 2 answers

What corporate entertainment can I find in Austin, TX?

Please help me find corporate entertainment for a banquet being held in Austin. [more inside]
posted by jacindahb on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for an optimal-schedule creator

I need to create a schedule for many, many one-on-one meetings that are all happening in the same day, between two groups of people. What's the best way? [more inside]
posted by pemberkins on Feb 23, 2012 - 4 answers

it's a credit union party, y'all

Credit Union Filter: Have you attended your credit union's annual meeting? What was done there, and did you find it worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by koucha on Feb 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Where to meet at Cancun Airport

Meeting my daughter at airport in Cancun. She arrives via US Airways at 3:00 PM. I arrive about 4:30 via United. Where is a comfortable place for her to wait for me? Neither of our phones will be working. Is "The Meeting Place" still there? I have found only old references to it. Please suggest an alternative if it is not still there, or if you have a better idea. Thanks
posted by woman on Jan 20, 2012 - 8 answers

What’s my takeaway for an intense online conversation that suddenly ended?

I’m recently divorced and confused about an online situation that resolved amicably. I’m not sure how to think about it; however, I want to know if I made some obvious mistake so I won’t repeat it in the future. [more inside]
posted by Fierce clam on Jan 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me choose software in order to book meetings in a small group with an online calendar.

Help me choose software in order to book meetings in a small group with an online calendar. [more inside]
posted by coraline on Oct 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Where to meet in Chicago?

Looking for suggestions for a convenient (and delicious?) place to meet a friend traveling through Chicago with a small dog. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Less Sucky Meetings

Looking for articles, posts, books, and opinions on having effective meetings. I spend half of my day in meetings and I can't help but think that they could be more effective, productive, and less sucky. What do you do or don't do at your organization that leads to better meetings. Do you have any links to articles about great meetings. I was pretty fascinated by this article about how Google holds meetings. Get me out of meeting hell.
posted by jasondigitized on Oct 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Meetup with Ex Gone Wrong

Met up with ex-girlfriend six months after the break-up. Things went well, and then they didn't. Am blaming myself a lot and need to know what, if I anything, I can do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2011 - 31 answers

How do you "business meeting"?

How does one go about doing a business meeting in a city? (specifically NYC) I'm meeting some potential employers for the first time, not sure of what protocol is... [more inside]
posted by ejfox on Jul 10, 2011 - 8 answers

What's the most inspirational place to meet in Orlando?

Looking to host a Salon in Orlando. What's the most amazing place you can think of to have it? [more inside]
posted by orangeseed on Jun 27, 2011 - 2 answers

Two hours in a car with my new boss

Help me survive two hours in a car with my new boss. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on May 31, 2011 - 16 answers

Specific Ideas for Meeting Like-Minded People in Los Angeles?

I am feeling a little lonely, and want to get involved in some local activities, but I don't know where to start. I'm looking for specific suggestions and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 - 16 answers

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