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Sun, Oct. 20th, 2013, 10:08 pm
xdamethyst: Help! What should I say?

Hi, I admit that I am a worrier. I work as an IT person in a library. My boss just had a new boss, and scheduled a meeting with us to introduce her. My boss wants his boss to get familiar with our projects, and hopefully fund us in the future. Since I am only an IT person that is responsible for website and not involved deeply in any projects, I am a bit nervous about what I should say, to make my boss look good. I think the meeting will be embarrassed. Please help me! Any advice is appreciated.

Mon, Oct. 21st, 2013 12:02 pm (UTC)

I seriously doubt they will expect you to know anything about a job that is not yours. Just make sure you're able to speak clearly and coherently about your website and what it is you're trying to do with it, and what ways you do interact with the projects, and I think you'll be fine.

Fri, Oct. 25th, 2013 09:35 pm (UTC)

Thank you a lot alessandriana! It ended up going well. As you said, my boss didn't expect me to explain stuff that is not my job, so I survived. :) Have a good weekend!

Fri, Oct. 25th, 2013 10:07 pm (UTC)

Glad to hear it! :)

Mon, Oct. 21st, 2013 01:18 pm (UTC)

If you've got a good relationship with your boss, try asking your boss what you should focus on for this meeting.

In terms of this kind of "introducing new person to staff", it can help if you have a nice clear explanation of what you do. ("I'm the primary person in charge of the website, working with [whoever else] about content." or whatever applies to you.)

If you're concerned that the new boss may not think you're busy enough/involved enough, it might help you to either have some notes on how you spend your time, or talk to your immediate boss about projects you could get involved with, depending on the priorities of your organisation and the new boss. That way, if the new boss raises any questions, you're ready with something like "I haven't done much on [project] so far, but I have [this skill] and [that skill] that [boss] and I thought might be helpful." or "I'm glad to help on any of these projects, but [particular project] might be the best use of my skills and fit best with keeping up the website."

Fri, Oct. 25th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much jenett! I really appreciate your help. It ended up going well. I told her what I do (develop and maintain the website etc) and I think she got me. :)