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Coping strategies for dealing with the public, please!

Do you have a job where you deal with the public? If so, how do you deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2014 - 13 answers

 

Is the Peace Corps considering domestic (US) assignments?

I've heard a couple of times now that the Peace Corps may start developing programs/sending volunteers to hard-hit places in the US, that are the functional equivalent of third-world countries. There's (unsurprisingly) nothing of the sort on their website, but I think it's a great idea, if it could be done in a way that did not offend the pride of the state in question. Does anyone have information as to whether this is an actual proposal?
posted by mmiddle on Mar 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Requirements for open job advertisement by universities in the UK?

I have been told that publicly funded Universities in the UK are bound by certain requirements when they want to hire for a position: for instance, that the job be advertised for a certain amount of time, and the competition be open and on the merits of the candidates. What *exactly* are these requirements, and where can I read about them? I'm thinking specifically of Lecturer-type posts, if that makes any difference.
posted by Philosopher Dirtbike on Mar 2, 2014 - 5 answers

From Downtown San Fran to Muir Woods on Public Transport?

Is it possible/practical to get from downtown San Francisco (near the corner of 2nd and Howard street) to Muir Woods on public transportation? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Feb 15, 2014 - 14 answers

Identify my job (government/nonprofit) so I can find a different one

What is in a job title? What partnership building jobs exist in the public and nonprofit sectors? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2014 - 7 answers

Vista-enabling in London's Southbank?

On the South bank of the Thames in 2002 (and maybe still there), there was a structure, like a piece of public art, in which you could place your body and it would support you at a slight angle, enabling a wonderful view while totally relaxed. It was a tilted section of a cylinder, made of dark metal. Does anyone remember/know of this? An image, location, or name of the artist would be wonderful!
posted by indecision on Dec 7, 2013 - 2 answers

Examples of a sense of play in public spaces?

I'm looking for examples, ideally with pictures, of public spaces that foster a sense of play, whimsy, imagination, etc. [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter on Dec 1, 2013 - 43 answers

Donating to Public Radio

So I've been donating to public radio about as long as I've been listening to it. But as I'm getting ready for end of year donations, I realized I listen to podcasts instead of the radio now. So should that affect how I give? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Nov 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Does This Technology Exist?

It's fund drive time, and I have been a contributor and a host promoting fund drives for public and community radio. But a common complaint I hear from people is public radio encourages them to do their part, meaning contribute. The promise is the sooner you do, the sooner the drive will end. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Who Said Something about Revolutions and Ordinary People?

Looking for a source for a quote about revolutions being made by ordinary people--Nelson Mandela? MLK? Looking for a direct statement from a speech or interview more than an observation by a journalist or writer.
posted by Ideefixe on Sep 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Just don't let him eat marshmallows all day

I need recommendations on articles and books on kindergarten/elementary school education and how it affects someone's later success. My friend is worried that her son's kindergarten program isn't high quality enough. I'm of the opinion that home life is more important at this age, but maybe I'm wrong! Where should I start reading? [more inside]
posted by Viola on Sep 17, 2013 - 12 answers

Breast lump, no insurance, no money, looking for options.

Having found the lump a year ago this June, it took me until today to find the courage to try doing something. Many of the sites I found said to go through my local health department, so I finally worked up the courage to walk in today. They had no idea what to say, and no longer offer any program that would help. I walked out with a pamphlet for a clinic in another town that they think "might" have a program to help with a sliding payment scale but they weren't even sure about that. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Sep 12, 2013 - 23 answers

Positive messages in Union Square

I'm going to an event in union square NYC where we'll be writing positive messages on poster board and holding them up in public for day/mood brightening purposes. I'm looking for inspirational things to put on my sign. [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jul 29, 2013 - 43 answers

I don't know how to say no to coffee dates with strangers - media job

I have a job in radio and an on-air persona that invites interaction from our audience. Nice for the station, not so great for me. I have to be polite but firm in cutting people off, but I suck at it. Help? [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Jul 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Cheap city centre hotel in Zurich hotel with good pub trans links?

I will be heading to Zurich to see the end of the EV Wave event in early July and need a city centre hotel that is affordable to stay at. Good public transport links are a must as this is how I will be getting around. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Nufkin on Jun 18, 2013 - 7 answers

How to react when stranger is indignant over something accidental?

What's the best response when you accidentally knock into someone in public and they are excessively rude about it? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Jun 6, 2013 - 73 answers

All the shiny products, or just a simple bar of soap?

How do you deal with competing desires to track and have things, histories, libraries (bookmarks, favorites, notes, saved emails, filled-up calendars, etc) and yet also be unattached and minimalist (get rid of things, be unhindered, untraceable, simple and de-cluttered)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 16 answers

Paying for Public Documents by the Government

Is there any research on people who pay for publicly available documents that are bound and sold by the government, not third parties? I was fascinated that when the 911 Commission issued it's report, it flew off the shelves when it was bound and sold by the GPO even though the same report was also fully available online. I'm also not referring to services provided by USSearch or KnowX. I mean, I guess, anything produced by the Government Printing Office that is for sale as a bound document (since they are also public documents), but is also available for free online. I would think if people could repackage and sell publicly available documents, that would open a whole world of new publishing opportunities.
posted by CollectiveMind on May 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Kicking off a Webinar - looking for the right thing to say

Not a natural public speaker..but will be speaking publicly later today on a webinar to public safety officials....please help me acknowledge current events in a thoughtful, authentic way, before kicking off the conference call. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on May 21, 2013 - 5 answers

BOS to Deleware. Need meeting point on 1-95 NYC, public transit...

I'm road trippin' with friends. They are driving from Boston to Deleware. I'm in NYC. I need to meet them somewhere along the 1-95 route in the NYC area, So they don't have to go out of their way to pick me up. [more inside]
posted by thatgirld on May 9, 2013 - 10 answers

I am your graduation's guest speaker... now what?

I agreed to be the guest speaker at the graduation for a graduate-school program. Students, families, and teachers will be present, about 60 people total. All the grads are getting the same degree. I have a similar degree and now I work in the field which they will be (trying to) work in. (It's a competitive, low-paying field, and the students are well aware of that fact.) I do guest lectures all the time at university classes, sort of like career-day presentations, but I get the feeling I should be talking about big-picture stuff, be optimistic and empowering and inspiring or whatever. Thing is, I don't know how to do that, but I want to make sure the audience gets something useful from my speech. How do I best approach (and format) a 30 minute graduation speech? It's in 1 week.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on May 8, 2013 - 17 answers

What should I look for in a Public Relations/Communications program?

I'm thinking of enrolling for Fall 2013, and I'm interested in a practical, skills based (as opposed to academic) program. What courses are absolutely essential nowadays? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 6, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I make my Amazon "Hope To Read" list private?

A google search of my name revealed an Amazon "Hope to Read" list that I didn't know existed. This is a public record of the books I've bought and, for kindle books, how much I've read of each. I've tried looking through Amazon's settings and googling this question--how do I make my books private? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Apr 26, 2013 - 12 answers

Tell me about teacher stereotypes

I want to know what typical ideas of typical teachers the public has. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Apr 9, 2013 - 30 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

US politicians' multilingual chops

Can you give me specific instances of US political candidates or elected officials publically speaking in a language other than English? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 27, 2013 - 31 answers

Who is the author of these mp3s, and when were they made?

I'm trying to find some information on the creator of these chippy mashups, and when they were first released. [more inside]
posted by herrdoktor on Mar 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Making the Most of a Full-time MPP Program

I recently accepted an offer for a spot in a full time MPP program from a very decent, non-Ivy school. My funding (per an assistantship or researcher position) reduces the total tuition to approximately $3000, and the program provides an allowance for an unpaid or poorly paid summer internship. I have enough money saved to avoid going into debt if I work part time. I want to offset the opportunity costs of two years outside of work by making myself as employable as possible. [more inside]
posted by pinterecki on Mar 10, 2013 - 6 answers

It has been fifteen years. I can't laugh it off.

I teach and I have a nervous laugh. I cannot get rid of it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2013 - 11 answers

I'm the idiot on the phone help line that can't help you

I'm being forced to answer phones at work. I have NO clue and NO ability how to do this and I have to start NOW. How do I make this situation less horrible? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 26 answers

Bad manners to go to a dinner with casual aquaintances when you have a cold?

It's 3pm now. Going to an event, a dinner, that starts at 6pm hopefully, but I have a cold. Might it turn out that I am unwelcome at the event if I go? Thing is, I know exactly who gave me the cold and don't really thank them for it. Is it bad etiquette to go to something like this if you have a cold? They are not friends or anything that I would otherwise be exposed to. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Nov 3, 2012 - 24 answers

My child one month too young for public school, what to do?

With the changing of the California kindergarten enrollment age cutoff, my daughter will be a month too young for enrollment in public schools in 2013. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by akomom on Oct 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Ex-libris-publica depreciation of rare/valuable books

I saved some interesting books from being thrown out by my public library. Apparently they were discarding part of their local historical collection. I grabbed a bunch that looked cool/interesting and it turns out one or two of them have sold online for decent sums. I'm not interested in selling any of them (they are cool!) but I am curious as to how their ex-libris-publica condition affects their worth. [more inside]
posted by saguaro on Oct 25, 2012 - 12 answers

Can a U.S. notary public practice in a foreign country?

Does any state in the United States allow its notaries public to practice abroad in a foreign country? [more inside]
posted by KimikoPi on Oct 16, 2012 - 15 answers

Can corporations provide the same social safety net as charities and the government?

Someone made a comment on the blue recently about "this is what happens when private companies are put in charge of" some sort of social service and it got me thinking. I'm interested in any recent books or articles that give a good account of what goes right or wrong when private enterprise provides social services that charities and government-funded programs currently provide. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Oct 15, 2012 - 17 answers

"We Reserve the Right"

In public businesses one frequently sees those signs reading: "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone," or something like that. Have you seen this principle applied in real life? I'd like to hear about it.
posted by mr. digits on Sep 29, 2012 - 81 answers

Would You Move for Better Schools?

Moving to a better school zone. Should I do it? Tough decisions concerning moving, staying put, and financial future. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2012 - 19 answers

Grant to make public high school auditorium handicapped-accessible?

Are there any grants available for public high schools to make their facilities (specifically the auditorium) handicapped and wheelchair-accessible? I've been told that there might be federal funds available for this purpose but I don't know where to start looking. We're in New Jersey, could there be state funds for the same purpose?
posted by exhilaration on Aug 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Just Say Yes or No!

What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 14, 2012 - 37 answers

How to become a civil liberties crusader

Public interest law transition-filter: I am a lawyer in a private-sector transactional practice. I would like to be a public interest lawyer doing litigation or policy in national security, civil liberties, surveillance or drug liberalization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 12 answers

Why can't amtrak turn a profit

Why is Amtrak not profitable despite massive subsidies? And just how environmentally friendly is Amtrak? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Aug 6, 2012 - 64 answers

How did you teach yourself to "slow down" your speech when presenting?

How did you teach yourself to "slow down" your speech when presenting? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Jul 26, 2012 - 24 answers

Need video clips

I need to find a resource (or resources) where I can download old black and white clips. [more inside]
posted by kenaldo on May 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find this urban public spaces book.

Help me find this urban public spaces book. [more inside]
posted by Mercaptan on May 7, 2012 - 10 answers

prayer?

Official prayer at a publicly-funded college? Whom do you complain to? [more inside]
posted by wandering_not_lost on May 4, 2012 - 21 answers

Do initial public offerings affect government policy and vice versa?

How do investment banks, specifically initial public offerings, affect government policy and vice versa?
posted by espada0 on Apr 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Changing careers: PR edition

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Examples of positive change in public behavior after seeing it on Film or TV?

Examples of public health manipulation? [more inside]
posted by MansRiot on Jan 24, 2012 - 25 answers

Where can I find vintage photos that you would get at garage sales... online?

Where can I find artsy public domain snapshots from the 1960s-1970s (think the stuff you would find in bins at garage sales) that I could use on an album cover? more inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 - 10 answers

If you could live anywhere...

I'm sick of Oklahoma, sick of cold and snow, sick of everything to do with this place. I want out of the state, but cant' decide where to go next. Over the last few years I've lived in San Diego, Orlando, Cocoa Beach, the Chicago area, Tulsa Ok, and originally the Phoenix area. Most of my moves have been prompted by having a friend with a couch willing to pick me up from the Greyhound station, but this time I'd like to go somewhere completely new and for the first time truly start over on my own. [more inside]
posted by myShanon on Dec 29, 2011 - 10 answers

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