Friday Poll: Would you know what this means?

posted 3 months ago in Career
  • poll: Are you familiar with the term "meeting maker" in a corporate setting or when discussing schedules?
    Yes : (26 votes)
    21 %
    No : (97 votes)
    79 %
  • Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    fromatoz :  never heard the term, and don’t even work in corporate, but i put two and two together and assumed it was a calendar invite or the like

    Post # 17
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    2777 posts
    Sugar bee

    I have never heard or used that term.  With the word marker, I would be inclined to think you mean something like reserve a conference room (we do that through our calendar) or send an inquiry email or poll about a tentative date for a metting – not actually invite people to a meeting set in stone.  I think of markers as more like tentative placeholders, nothing official.

    We just call it whatever it is referred to in the actual email program – so calendar invite or meeting request.  My office has a wide array of people with varying backgrounds (medical, clerical, business, liberal arts, accounting, software developers, etc.) with a wide array of computer expertise.  As someone who has to set up a lot of meetings and trainings and gives instructions to people on how to use software and hardware, I find it best to use the exact terminology in the software you are using so that if people are looking for an icon or a menu item it is explicitly clear what function you are talking about and are on the same page.  I’ve learned this the hard way through lots of back and forth and clarifying emails.

    Not that this excuses your boss’s behavior – but in the future when communicating it may be helpful to take that approach and make sure you are using common technical language rather than business jargon.  Unless there is an email/calendar program that refers to it as that – we use outlook and it isn’t a phrasing I am familiar with.

    Post # 18
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Never heard it, sounds weird to me. I would guessed maybe it’s a calendar invite but I would have asked the same question as the vendor did because a calendar invite a ‘meeting maker’ is really odd to me! 

    That’s not really your main here though!

    Post # 19
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    2777 posts
    Sugar bee

    Oh, I just realized it was another PP who said marker and you said maker. I definitely would not have understood meeting maker on first or second read.  If you would have just said “set up a meeting” I would have known what you meant, but a meeting maker almost sounds like a specific software program maybe used for creating meeting agendas or something project management related.  I would not have immediately gone to “create a meeting invitation/request”.

    Post # 20
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    1726 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I feel for you because he sounds rude. But always just use the most commonly known phrase in a corporate setting. I myself work in a government agency, 1000 staff, many various backgrounds. 

    Keep communication as clear and concise as possible with lamens terms used as much as you can. 

    I’d have been able to assume what you meant, but it wouldn’t have been clear and I’d have asked you to clarify too. Just say meeting request or calendar invite next time. 

    Post # 21
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    I’ve never heard the term, but I’m a teacher and most of my coworkers are computer illiterate haha. If I didn’t understand it, I’d clarify with you and not blame you for using a term I didn’t know. Boss sounds like a nightmare.

    Post # 22
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    1821 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I’m not surprised that the person asked for clarification, but that still doesnt warrant your boss going off on a weird demeaning tangent. Doesn’t make him look great either to have someone on his team that he apparently barely understands.

    I would look for a new job if I were you – guy sounds like a dink. 

    Post # 24
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    5978 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Even if someone doesn’t know what that is, it doesn’t excuse his belittling of you. And seems nobody appreciated it since you mentioned the crickets. What is wrong that guy?!!

    Post # 26
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    3591 posts
    Sugar bee

    Ive never heard the term meeting maker either. I’d actually be a bit confused too. I think what your boss did was suuuuper OTT and inappropriate though. 

    Post # 27
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    4995 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    I’ve never heard the term. I’d assume you wanted me to create a doodle poll for possible meeting times/dates. We just call them calendar invites. That said, it’s a quick clarification, no need to go off on you. Your boss sounds totally unprofessional, particularly needing to know details about your doctor’s appts, that’s not ok. You shouldn’t have to elaborate more than “I have a doctor’s appt”. 

    Post # 28
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    8392 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’ve never heard that term but I think it’s fairly obvious it would have something to with scheduling the meeting….

    Your boss sounds like a douche and I’d keep a record of all of that behavior.

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