Friday @ 5: Twenty-FIVE things I could be doing while my boss is at a meeting

I love Fridays but damn, yesterday went by so SLOW! I felt like I was at work for 15 hours instead of 8. But anyway, Ursula met with our sales manager to discuss the major marketing campaign of the year. Was I included? Pssh of course not but it doesn’t bother me that much anymore. I, instead, thought of things that I would rather be doing while being excluded from a meeting…

1. Be at my sister from another mister’s wedding in the Dominican Republic. (Congratulations to you two!)

2. Online shop for a new satchel 

3. Getting sun burnt by the pool (it’s 80 degrees outside)

4. Look up J. Law GIFS, interviews, and pictures. We’re BFFs

5. Creep on old friends and exes on every social media site

6. Instagram food from Weight Watchers diet #healthy #clean #eating #gagme

7. Working out… Sick joke. I mean looking up potential workouts on the internet

8. Watching Pitch Perfect interviews, deleted scenes, and best moments. When J. Law is filming movies, Rebel Wilson is my BFF.

9. Browse puppy websites from my future dog

10. Book a vacation to some place near an ocean, one of the downsides to AZ

11. Babysit Honey Boo Boo

12. Have tea with Kate Middleton… offer babysitting services

13. Apply to jobs

14. Be on Pinterest 

15. More shopping but this time for dresses for Spring and Summer

16. Sleeping, duh

17. Happy hour, second duh.

18. Stop world hunger

19. Plan my parents’ anniversary party

20. Shop at Ikea or Hobby Lobby — though that could be HOURS!

21. Hang out with Giuliana Rancic (one of my idols) and offer my babysitting services

22. Play volleyball. I miss it SO much!

23. Finish reading my book on my sNookie

24. Snapchat all of my contacts

And last but not least…

25. Maybe be a part of the meeting? Maybe? Perhaps? Possibly? Because we’re the marketing team? Just a little bit?

 

Happy Weekend y’all!

Meeting the agenda

During my quest to conquer the real world, I’ve been a part of a lot of meetings. Since coach left, Ursula and I (when I’m invited) have been in several meetings together. One reoccurring aspect of these meetings is the agenda. However, during these recent meetings, I’ve noticed that Ursula comes in with her own agenda and I find out what the agenda is until after the meeting has already started.

So for us real world rookies (say that 5 times fast), how should we deal with a team member who has their own agenda?

When I come into a meeting, I want to at least be mentally prepared for what will be discussed. I don’t want to come in looking like a ra-tard.  We’re supposed to be a team, so if we’re going to have one agenda, let it be OURS not just YOURS.

What I’ve recently been doing in trying to keep Ursula updated on all my projects. If I give a little, maybe she’ll give a little. I use my notes from a previous meeting, make a check list of my projects, then boom, boom, boom, I check them off. Keeping her updated also keeps open communication, which we are trying to work on.

Through this communication, I’ve also learned to ask a lot of questions. Welp, if you’re not going to include me, I’ll include myself. I was a journalism major so asking questions just comes naturally. When it comes to the business aspects, I just keep quiet and soak it up like a sponge. But when it comes to the creative aspect or intentions and fairness, I try and speak up. I’m finding my voice (not just through this blog) more.

I’m going to use these tactics on Thursday because we have a marketing meeting. I think, because I don’t have an agenda, that this may be the “big” marketing meeting that we will finally present the proposal. But that’s also “hers” so who am I kidding.

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