Dear Ms. Corporate Manners,
It seems we can’t do anything about all the growing amount of meetings that need to take place within our corporation. However, as a delegate for my executive’s calendar, I am repeatedly amazed at the number of meeting invitations that are sent out BEFORE the organizer even knows if my executive is even available. There would be a lot less declines on my executive’s behalf if a courtesy call or email could have been extended first to inquire of time slots when he could be available for an upcoming meeting. Sure it is an extra step, but that is what I do when I send out meeting invites. How can I get the same courtesy?
When you decline, politely suggest an advance courtesy call next time.
Ms. Corporate Manners
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