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Choosing a Location for Your Meeting

The location in which a business meeting takes place plays a vital role in its success. The location can affect not only the comfort of participants, but also their mind-set, since participants must feel that the meeting place is appropriate to the occasion.

Recognize your needs

If you’re considering an off-site location for your meeting, be sure that the location is convenient and well-equipped. Consider distances to be traveled, public transportation, wheelchair accessibility, availability of parking, safety, attractiveness, and comfort of the facility.

Also, whether the location is on-site or off-site, you’ll have to consider the availability of audiovisual aids, including extension cords and outlets, as well as such necessities as coat racks, restrooms, writing materials, and refreshments.

Whether a meeting is small, large, formal, or informal, it’s important that you recognize your needs when selecting an appropriate site. There are several different locations where you can have your business meeting. The pros and cons of each are discussed here.

Your office

The first location to consider is your office. This is a good spot to choose when you’re planning an informal meeting with two or three people. Your materials are all close at hand, you save time by not having to prepare a meeting room, your authority is enhanced, and your company saves money by not having to pay room rental fees.

There also are pitfalls involved — the telephone may ring, people may interrupt, and participants may feel physically uncomfortable if the workspace is small.


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How to Estimate Time Frames

Oftentimes, time-management problems result from unrealistic estimates of the time it will take to complete each task. It can be tempting to tell colleagues or clients what you think they want to hear when they ask you how long a task will take.

If you do this, you’ll find that the actual time that it takes to complete a given task often exceeds your optimistic estimate, and you disappoint your clients or colleagues. It’s far better to be realistic from the outset.

Determining time estimates

A simple equation will allow you to estimate time frames effectively. This equation relies on your using your knowledge of the requirements of each task and your experience of both smooth-running activities and not so smooth-running activities.

With this knowledge, you can create three time estimates for each task:

  • Likely time — The amount of time it usually takes for you to complete the task, or the time frame that you are most comfortable with.
  • Shortest time — The least amount of time that you have taken to complete the task in the past, or the shortest time you think it would take you to complete the task now.
  • Longest time — The most amount of time that you have taken to complete the task, or the longest time you think it would take when you take into account what might go wrong. This should be based on your experience of the task in the past along with foreseeable difficulties.


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Creating a Compelling First-week Experience

Preparing for the first day

Onboarding new employees is about successfully integrating them into the workplace and it begins with orientation. Orientation involves teaching new employees about the organization’s procedures and protocols, clarifying job roles, and explaining expectations and limitations. The first week or two of onboarding is mainly taken up with orientation — learning about the organization and how it operates.

Preparing properly for a new employee’s arrival is an essential part of ensuring a good start to an effective onboarding experience. Everything should be ready when a new employee arrives at the workplace. You should prepare well in advance of the new employee’s arrival to ensure there aren’t any last minute problems. There are a few tasks involved in effective preparation:

  • set up the workspace — Clear the desk area and drawers, ensure that all equipment works, and order any necessary tools, furniture, or supplies. This ensures the new employee doesn’t arrive to a disorganized workspace. Aside from being an obstruction to beginning work, this wouldn’t make the new employee feel welcome. Placing some branded items, such as a cup with the organization’s logo, on the desk will make the new employee feel welcome and part of the organization.
  • organize access and security — Assign a computer and network password, and set up voicemail and e-mail for the new employee. Also, get an access card or security badge for the office building and relevant areas within the building.
  • organize information and aids — Gather any necessary guideline documents, procedure documents, training manuals, and other materials, and ensure these are available on the first day. Also, select and assign a buddy for the new employee.

Ensuring an engaging first day

The first day is a memorable experience for an employee, one that will influence the employee’s impression of the organization. This is why it’s so important to provide a new employee with the foundation tools, resources, and organizational perspective necessary to ensure the employee’s rapid integration to the organization. Pay attention to the small details of the new employee’s first day to make it an engaging and enjoyable experience:


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Using Communication to Advance Your Career

Moving your career forward

In business, recognition for work done is probably the single biggest factor in shaping a person’s career path. Going the extra mile is fine, but if no one knows, it’s unlikely your efforts will be rewarded. This applies especially for telecommuters, who work off-site and so whose hard work may escape others’ notice.

Fortunately there are various ways that telecommuters can overcome the disadvantages inherent in working outside the office and further their careers.

Decide on your career path

Before you can begin moving your career forward, you must decide on your career path. It’s up to you to decide your career’s pace and direction.

Remember that as a telecommuter, you have already made the decision not to operate within a conventional office environment. You need to plan things so that working from home won’t get in the way of your ultimate goals.

Proactively manage your career

Once you have decided where it is you want your career to go, it’s up to you to make sure you get there. Without the structures commonly in place in the office environment, this means you need to start proactively managing your career.

If you’re working away from everyone else, it’s easier for them to put you out of mind. So you need to take steps to ensure that managers and mentors are aware of your ambitions and the contributions you make.