Meeting Management

High-speed presentations, rambling discussions, unclear decisions, and vague action items at meetings without agendas make life hard for meeting note-takers, writes Lynn Gaertner-Johnston. Here are a few of her tips for organizing meetings that are easier to record.
Get the most out of your breaks … Practice “mind over mattress” to become a productivity super­­star … Identify flights with Wi-Fi.

Give them food for thought

December 23, 2013 Categorized in: MeetingsTeamwork

Here’s an inexpensive tactic that could elicit great suggestions from employees who might not normally volunteer to contribute.
Take a stand for workplace wellness … Vacation is time to think about the future … If you wouldn’t poke a bear, don’t open a suspicious email.

5 tips on business trip etiquette

November 26, 2013 Categorized in: TravelWorkplace Etiquette

The way you look and act while on a business trip reflects back on your employer. Avoid making a bad impression on your next work trip. Follow these five tips for business travel.

Rein in office out-of-policy travel

October 31, 2013 Categorized in: Tracking ExpensesTravel

If planning and managing travel are part of your job, you probably also deal with people who try to go rogue and plan travel outside the bounds of company policy. Travel Market Report’s Fred Geb­­hart has four tips to help avoid out-of-policy travel.
Keep your phone calls focused and productive … Grab your in-flight meal from the hotel desk … Show the world how many people “like” you.

Scheduling tricks for multi-time zones

August 30, 2013 Categorized in: Meetings

If you have contacts scattered around the globe, it’s important to make sure you’re correctly scheduling meetings across all time zones, writes technology expert Dave Johnson. Here’s how.

Travel light yet connected on the road

August 14, 2013 Categorized in: Travel

You need a lot of stuff to be productive on the road, but there’s still a way to get everything you need into a small bag. Travel veteran James Kendrick explains how to avoid travel nightmares with these smart tips.

Slide through customs with Global Entry

July 11, 2013 Categorized in: Travel

If your job involves arranging travel for someone who frequently does business overseas, you’ll want to consider encouraging your boss to enroll in the Global Entry program, which makes it easier for travelers returning to the United States to get through customs and be on their way.
Try taking some valuable career lessons from “Mad Men” … Change a typo in that PDF … Find the power in refusing to say “I’m sorry” … Use prepaid cards to keep tabs on employee spending.

Turn meetings into relationship builders

June 26, 2013 Categorized in: Meetings

Meetings tend to get a bad rap. People complain that they stir conflict and competition among co-workers and generally represent a waste of time. It doesn’t have to be that way. Executive coach Mary Jo Asmus offers six ideas for organizing better meetings that can help strengthen workplace relationships.
Add “investing” to your list of skills … Keep personal and professional online networks separate … Try hosting your next party at the gym … Get ready to say “yes” to napping on the job.