Q: How much notice should be given for ordinary business meetings? Like most people, I’m pretty busy. It seems to me that a request for a meeting should be sent out a week or two ahead of time. I find a one- or two-day notice for a meeting presumptuous, perhaps even rude. Am I off-base here?
A: Giving ample notice is nice when it’s possible. I often have meetings scheduled a week or two in advance, or more. But I’m just as likely to have an issue or project that comes up suddenly, necessitating a meeting on much shorter notice. Both approaches are correct. What I find really frustrating is when I’m asked to attend a meeting right away, only to discover that the “urgent” meeting could have easily been scheduled later to avoid interrupting other, more pressing work.