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Old 01-23-2020, 08:35 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, hope all is well! I'm looking for some insight from people who've attended in-person meetings with managers at the buildings they work in (where their company is located). I'd like to get some info about the logistics of those meetings. Specifically:

Was there a reception area? If so:

1) Was there a receptionist at a front desk who greeted you when you walked in? If so, did the receptionist offer you something to drink? If so, what (water/coffee/other)?

2) Did the receptionist give you any information/ask you any questions (e.g., parking validation)?

3) When it was time for you to meet the manager, did the receptionist escort you to the manager's office? Or did they just tell you where to go? Or did the manager come out to the reception area and escort you to his/her office?

I know the questions may seem trivial, but the only manager meeting I've had has been over the phone (since I'm not in L.A.), so would really like some insight for those who have had in-person meetings. Appreciate any details you can share.
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Old 01-23-2020, 09:45 PM   #2
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1) Was there a receptionist at a front desk who greeted you when you walked in? If so, did the receptionist offer you something to drink? If so, what (water/coffee/other)?

Even small firms & companies will have someone doing reception even if they are also an assistant to someone that works there. No one wants someone just wandering into their offices unchecked. And generally people offer water, thought depending on the size of the firm or company they can/will offer sodas or coffee. Just depends. Ask for water and don't bust their chops for the most part.

2) Did the receptionist give you any information/ask you any questions (e.g., parking validation)?

They will ask you, "Who you are seeing?" They will call that person's office to let them know you are there. They will ask you to take a seat. Usually it's best to get parking validation once you leave so you can get the correct amount of time covered for properly.

3) When it was time for you to meet the manager, did the receptionist escort you to the manager's office? Or did they just tell you where to go? Or did the manager come out to the reception area and escort you to his/her office?

Again, can depend on the office. In most cases, the receptionist stays put and does their job of answering the main lines and greeting people: visitors, deliveries, mail, etc. Usually the person's assistant will come out to get you to walk you back to the office.

I know the questions may seem trivial, but the only manager meeting I've had has been over the phone (since I'm not in L.A.), so would really like some insight for those who have had in-person meetings. Appreciate any details you can share.

It's fine but they are a little. Don't over think it. Nothing you can do about it really. Be prepared for the meeting. Know the person you are dealing with and their history/credits. Be ready to properly talk about yourself and also the project you are meeting about, what you'd like to do next, a few good "next up" ideas and have some prepared questions for them. Sound like you have your "stuff" together.
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Old 01-23-2020, 09:54 PM   #3
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Thanks, Will! This is extremely helpful info. that would be difficult for me to get elsewhere. I should clarify that it's not in preparation for a real-life meeting, but rather research for a script where one of the settings is a lit management firm. Apologies for not mentioning that upfront (though I do think the info. is useful for someone who will actually be taking meetings).
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:17 AM   #4
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Thanks, Will! This is extremely helpful info. that would be difficult for me to get elsewhere. I should clarify that it's not in preparation for a real-life meeting, but rather research for a script where one of the settings is a lit management firm. Apologies for not mentioning that upfront (though I do think the info. is useful for someone who will actually be taking meetings).
Good luck, UpandComing. Do come back and let us know how it went, i'm sure DDP'rs are interested in the outcome. I know i am.
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Oh, it's not for an actual meeting, it's for research for a script, haha
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Oh, it's not for an actual meeting, it's for research for a script, haha
well, good luck with the script, then.
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