Meeting Management

Whose meeting is it, anyway?

September 1, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsOrganizing

You receive a meeting request for your boss, but there’s no agenda attached. You don’t want your boss to walk into the meeting room unprepared, but then again, it isn’t your job to do the organizing work. Is it?
“Although I’m viewed positively at work, I believe my reserved demeanor is holding me back. I’m not shy, but I have trouble making small talk … Can you suggest some communication strategies for meetings and social situations?” — Not a Talker
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Apps to make travel easier

August 3, 2010 Categorized in: InternetTravel

Here are PCMag.com’s top 5 free travel apps to make travel smoother (available on any smartphone with a data plan):

No-doze tips

August 2, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

It’s a warm August afternoon, and you’re beginning to feel sleepy after sitting in a conference room meeting for more than an hour. Here are some helpful pointers on how to stay alert during long meetings:
The meeting may be over, but the minute-taker’s job goes on. At the group’s next meeting, you may hear corrections to the minutes, says Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics. “Follow the legal requirements of your organization in correcting the minutes,” she says. “If no special requirements are indicated, then follow this procedure”:

Travel sites

June 17, 2010 Categorized in: Travel

Check luggage limits and pinpoint other travel details with these two helpful web sites: LuggageLimits.com and VirtuallyThere.com.

Three cures for long meetings

June 11, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

Here are three cures for long meetings, adapted from “Work Smart: Unconventional Cures for Meetingitis”:

It’s ‘Out of Office’ reply season

June 7, 2010 Categorized in: OutlookTravel

You’re leaving for vacation, so you dutifully set up the classic “Out of the office, will reply to your message when I get back” e-mail auto-responder. But the auto-reply message doesn’t get rid of the nagging feeling that you’re missing something. Before you go on vacation, set up a custom auto-reply system that will make it easier for you to relax.
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Picking the right hotel room

June 1, 2010 Categorized in: Travel

Select the right hotel room for business travelers with the help of these online tools, named as some of the best by Travel + Leisure magazine: tripkick.com, raveable.com and tripadvisor.com.

2 online tools worth bookmarking

May 28, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsOrganizing

Lunchwalla.com reduces the effort involved in organizing lunch meetings. The site pulls together reviews, menus, OpenTable reservations and an RSVP function into one central location. Gazelle.com gives you cash for your business’s out-of-date gadgets.

Calm those travel fears

May 27, 2010 Categorized in: Travel

Fear of flying is common; as many as one in five people suffer from some form of aviophobia. If you or your boss must fly for business, this news should help calm your fears: