It's Time for a One-on-One Meeting: How to Make It a Good One

Giving your boss feedback can be a scary task, but it's important to do when you feel like something needs to change. In order for the meeting to go as smoothly as possible, there are a few things you can keep in mind. Here's how to make sure your one-on-one meeting is a good one.

Psst... we're also going to cover some tips on how to ask for and negotiate flexible work arrangements. You'll find it helpful if you're thinking of requesting a change!

Now that we're all on the same page, let's get started!

What is a one-on-one meeting

A one-on-one meeting is an opportunity for a manager to sit down with an employee one on one and discuss the employee's job performance. It can also be used to discuss the employee's career development and provide feedback. The meeting should be positive, constructive, and focused on the future. There are a few things you can do to make sure your one-on-one meeting goes well.

1. Choose the right person for the meeting
2. Prepare for the meeting
3. Stay focused during the meeting
4. End the meeting on time

Now that you know what a one-on-one meeting is, let's talk about how to make it a good one.

Choose the right person for the meeting

One common mistake employees make is choosing the wrong person to have a one-on-one meeting with. If you're not comfortable with your boss, it's probably not going to be a productive meeting. You should also avoid having the meeting with someone who is too senior or junior to you. It's important to choose someone who you feel comfortable talking to and who can offer helpful feedback.

Prepare for the meeting

The second step to having a good one-on-one meeting is to prepare for it. This means doing things like setting an agenda, coming up with questions to ask, and thinking about what you want to get out of the meeting. It's also important to be aware of any red flags that might come up during the meeting so you can address them immediately.

Stay focused during the meeting

Once the meeting starts, it's important to stay focused. This means paying attention to what the other person is saying and actively participating in the conversation. It's also important to avoid getting sidetracked by unrelated topics. If you need to, you can always take a break from the meeting to refocus yourself.

End the meeting on time

The last step to having a good one-on-one meeting is to end it on time. This means wrapping up the conversation when the allotted time is up. It's important to avoid going over time as it can make the meeting feel rushed and less productive.

One-on-one meetings are a great opportunity to improve your relationship with your boss and get feedback on your job performance. By following these tips, you can make sure your one-on-one meeting is a good one.

Why are one-on-one meetings important

One-on-one meetings are important because they provide an opportunity for employees to give feedback to their managers. They also allow managers to get to know their employees better and understand their work style. A good one-on-one interview can also help improve communication between employees and managers.

Bonus Tip: How to Negotiate Flexible Work Arrangements

If you're thinking of asking for a flexible work arrangement, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, it's important to understand what your company's policy is on flexible work arrangements. Many companies have different policies depending on the type of arrangement you're looking for. For example, some companies may be willing to allow you to work from home one day a week but not four days a week. It's also important to remember that flexible work arrangements are often negotiable. This means that you may be able to negotiate with your employer to get the arrangement you want.

When it comes to negotiating, there are a few tips that can be helpful:

1) Be clear about what you want.
2) Have a good reason for why you want a flexible work arrangement.
3) Be prepared to compromise.

Flexible work arrangements are often negotiable, so your employer may be willing to meet you halfway. But remember that you still need to show him a solid reason for why changing the existing workflow is a necessary solution both for you and your company.

How to prepare for a one-on-one meeting

One on one meetings can be a great way to improve communication with your boss, but they can also be quite stressful. Here are a few tips to help make one on one meetings less stressful:

1) Prepare for the meeting by setting an agenda and coming up with questions to ask.
2) Stay focused during the meeting and avoid getting sidetracked.
3) End the meeting on time.
4) Choose the right person for the meeting.
5) Prepare for the meeting by thinking about what you want to get out of it.
6) Avoid bringing up negative topics during the meeting.
7) Take a break if you need to refocus yourself.

How to conduct a one-on-one meeting

Now let's talk a little bit about the technical part: with which software should you conduct your one on one interview ? Well, forget about Zoom or Google Hangouts, cause we're here with a way better and more fun alternative.

Podcastle is a new software in the industry that allows you to conduct effortless remote video interviews from your laptop or iPhone. It's very easy to use and its simple interface is perfect for a one on one meeting.

All you have to do is open Podcastle's web platform or download the app on your iPhone and send an interview invitation to your boss, colleague, or employee. Just for the fun of it, you can even make podcasts out of your one on one meetings and then listen to it whenever you want to remember what exactly you said and how the meeting went.

How to follow up after a one-on-one meeting

The one on one meeting is over and you're back to your desk. What now?

1) First, take a few minutes to think about what you talked about during the meeting.
2) Make sure you understand everything that was said and agreed upon.
3) If there are any action items, make sure you write them down and put them in a place where you'll see them often.
4) Follow up with your boss or employee after the meeting to make sure they're on track.
5) Finally, take some time to reflect on the meeting and think about what went well and what could have gone better.


That’s it for our tips on having successful one-on-one meetings. We hope you found this episode helpful and that you feel more confident in setting up and preparing for your own one-on-ones. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or feedback. And be sure to download Podcastle – our favorite app for holding one-on-ones – for a fun, productive conversation with your colleague, friend, or loved one. Thanks for tuning in!

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