I have a hard time listening to and participating in conversations at work... how can I improve? [more inside]
At work I use Gmail and Google calendar. For meetings that I run, I want to be automatically reminded to send out agendas and reminders to the rest of the attendees. [more inside]
I am going to Uruguay (Montevideo) for business in April. I'll be meeting with government employees (civil servants, not politicians), NGO employees, and possibly NGO volunteers. I have many, many questions. [more inside]
What success (or failure) have you had with any kind of a software architecture vetting process? [more inside]
I am a professional. I am a lady. Every day, in meetings, the same thing happens: the contribution I'm so excited to make to a meeting gets INTERRUPTED by a man or a woman. I am not verbose. I am succinct. I do not speak more than anyone else in the group. Yet I cannot freaking finish a thought without someone interrupting me. It is making me insane. [more inside]
Where can a non-profit group of ten meet for a once-a-month evening meeting in the general Sacramento area? [more inside]
I'm leading a relatively short meeting with a lot of ground to cover. How can I structure that time to yield feedback, healthy discussion and ultimately (it is to be hoped) consensus? Appreciate any novel ideas for effective brainstorming and feedback capturing. What are your best resources for this type of thing? [more inside]
Tomorrow morning I will serve as the facilitator for a meeting I called, which is a four-year review of the program I run. The meeting will be among several old white men, and I am a reasonably young white female. There are bound to be emotions, as people have personal investment in various aspects of the topics to be discussed, and there are territorial issues that will likely rear their heads. What tips do you have for keeping such meetings productive, rational and finishing on time? [more inside]
Hello - I am trying to figure out how to host a successful video conference from home. There will be 10-20 people at home in my living room with another ~5 dialing in remotely. [more inside]
A friend and I would like to have a place we can meet privately in Manhattan on a regular (monthly?) basis with enough room for the two of us, a laptop, and a microphone with the intention of recording our conversation. [more inside]
I need a calendar that will work with SugarCRM and will allow me to search/filter records. Details inside. [more inside]
I run an artists’ group which meets monthly. The group is made up of some very talented and creative people and has gone from strength to strength over the two years it’s been running; so much so that we are now working on collaborative projects that take quite some organising and involve finance, tax, insurance etc. Obviously, this is exciting and we want to continue to expand. However, this means that we have to have ‘business’ meetings on a regular basis and it’s become woefully evident to me that I can’t chair / facilitate these meetings for toffee. [more inside]
I have been charged with organizing a 2-day meeting in NYC for approximately 23 people, all coming from out of town so I will also need sleeping rooms for about 4 nights. Can you recommend a nice hotel? [more inside]
I no longer know how to end a phone call. I feel like an idiot. How do I gracefully get off the phone like a normal human. [more inside]
What should I talk about with my boss over lunch tomorrow? [more inside]
At work, I need to run staff meetings. Please tell me how to run meetings that are helpful for employees and don’t waste time. [more inside]
How do you organize your work notes when your company security is really tight? I cannot use Evernote or any web-based tool. I cannot install any programs on my laptop or run anything from a USB drive (I can't even plug in my iphone to charge it). I have Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and LotusNotes (which I HATE). Bonus: this is a new position for me and I'm a bit lost. [more inside]
I'm looking for tips and recommendations to improve the audio/video quality of online meetings. We already have good connections/machines for online meetings - but as I'm doing more and more of those, I'd like to specifically improve experience of everyone - especially for sound & video. [more inside]
I'm thinking of attending an Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting, but I don't really know if it's worthwhile. I'd love opinions from those with experience. [more inside]
What is the best video conferencing setup for boss and I to talk about data remotely? More complete description of circumstances inside. [more inside]
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]
Do you know of any online solutions to collect submissions from a group of people and then archive it in a useful way? [more inside]
I am moving from behind the computer to in front of the computer, how do I learn to speak up during meetings? [more inside]
What's a good yet affordable conference call system, which can hold a conference in which anyone can join by either phone or the internet, as desired?
What is a good conference calling service for use in Canada (Ottawa specifically), which allows people to connect by computer or by phone in a single conference? I'm on a budget too. [more inside]
As part of my interview process, I have been asked to kick-off a project to a pretend client. This is for an interactive agency in LA. There will be 5 people acting as stakeholders. I really want this job and want to leave an awesome impression. What things can I do to set myself apart? What are your tips for awesome kick-off meetings? I need to demonstrate my skills as a meeting facilitator and project manager. I am looking for anything that will set me apart including handing out candy / fruit, using an awesome slide deck, or simply facilitating a awesome kick-off. Have you seen anyone do something awesome in a meeting that wasn't borderline cheesy? I need to demonstrate imagination but also an ability to drive and get things done. Links or videos appreciated as well. Help me get this job!
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]
Data on office layout & team collaboration? My workgroup needs more conference rooms, and I'd love to have studies to back up my suggestion. [more inside]
I get really frustrated with the process at my workplace, particularly meetings. After many details, I have a couple of questions about work (specifically software development and project management decisions) and how to deal with meeting-related frustration. [more inside]
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.
Can you help me navigate a conflict situation regarding differing expectations for my responsibilities as a volunteer? [more inside]
Is it rude to reply to emails and do other tasks when participating in a routine but important teleconference? [more inside]
How do large companies decide where to hold meetings in a big city like NYC? There are hundreds of options if not more. Has anyone participated in this process and can you please shed some insight? [more inside]
There's lots of great online software for allowing multiple participants to vote on the best single meeting time. There's also software that will allow people to book individual appointment times from a calendar. But I'm looking for a resource that will allow me to invite people to pick from an assortment of specific dates/times to schedule individual meetings with me. For example, let's say I have only ten one-hour blocks of time that are available for meetings next month. What online software will let me invite multiple people to choose from among those ten blocks, so that I am notified who picked which time, which is then not available to the remaining people?
I need some sort of really "loud" notification when I have a meeting coming up at work. ("Load" is in quotes, because, ideally, it wouldn't be a sound -- it would be some sort of big, colorful visual display.) I (am forced to) use Outlook 2011. Mac OS X, Snow Leopard. [more inside]
Are some professional conferences scams / wastes of money? [more inside]
Looking for good games to play in the background. [more inside]
Scheduling resources in Exchange - how do I make things private? Please let this be much easier than I'm thinking it is. [more inside]
I'm a project manager for a small software group (6 engineers) and I'm considering a different approach to gathering status from the team. I'd like to throw it out to the MeFi community first to see if it seems like something that would be beneficial and fair from the developer's point of view. It's basically a weekly list of tasks that are shared with everyone. Details inside... [more inside]
Is there a way to video conference 4 webcams in an easy and reliable way, preferably free? I would love to find a service like Skype that allows more than 2 people to video talk at the same time. Thanks for your thoughts!
I've recently started helping organize social events for two clubs (one of them a mystery writing club, another a group of business alumni). In both cases, we have speakers come in and talk. So far, its worked well and is a lot of fun. But I can't help but wonder, what if one day, one of the speakers doesn't/can't show up? We'd be left with twenty or thirty people milling about. What would be a good contingency plan assuming we can't get another speaker at very short notice?
Trying to find a recent article about attending public meetings with members of parliament, possibly in Australia. [more inside]
Really picky Outlook 2007 Meeting Invite Question: We are having a summer picnic at work and want to keep track of RSVPs. A co-worker sent out a meeting invite to all of the invited staff. Staff members can also bring guests. Of course we can track the staff member RSVPs easily, but is there a way to track the number of non-staff member guests? [more inside]
Seattle dot-comer looking for local meetings with similar folks. [more inside]
I am looking for something I saw on the web about people's behaviour during meetings. It was funny and lighthearted, might have been a comic strip or maybe even a video? [more inside]
Almost every meeting I go to and share anything I beat myself up afterwards. This happens to me in business meetings and at something as simple as a knitting group. At my knitting group, if I share something about my personal life, I feel judged, not only by the people in the group but by me! It is so bad that it has even caused me to quit going to certain groups because it is so painful to feel the feelings after the meeting of "why did I say that?" , "she doesn't like me" , " I bragged when I shared that about my daughter" , why did I tell that story about my husband? and on it goes. [more inside]
Good place for a small group gathering for boisterous board game fun? [more inside]
Tips for a newbie delegate to a political convention? I agreed to act not only as a Democrat delegate but as a vice-chair for my precinct. Our county organizing convention is coming up this weekend. I've read a tiny bit about what to expect on the agenda (but not a lot), but am more worried about just seeming out of place. I'm young, don't have a lot of political experience, and also had to change my affiliation from unaffiliated to do this. Part of me says that in a state where Democrats are a minority no one will be judging me for wanting to serve, but what can you tell me (or links can you give me...) to better prepare me? I'm looking for both what I should know about how it'll run and the more nuanced aspects of interaction/networking/flow.
My book club is fizzling out...help me reignite it! [more inside]
I need help implementing a fair scheduling system for a time-limited resource. [more inside]
Please give me tips on being a good team meeting chair. We have a rotating chair and it's my turn for the next 10 weeks in a team of 6 ICT business strategy staff. Meetings are usually around an hour and cover actions from last meeting, matters arising from meetings, several agenda items and any other business. Also looking for some ideas which have the capacity to really engage minds in these meetings which we all usually find quite dull.
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