Some are avoiding solo meetings with female entrepreneurs, potential recruits and those who ask for an informational or networking meeting.
Smart, or at least rational responses.
And for those that want other ways to not be in a position that *might* get you in trouble, even if you did nothing. Here are other ways to deal with the situations above.
She’s asked you if you’d be willing to get coffee with her, so she can “pick your brain.”
“ Karen, I would be happy to let you pick my brain, however it’s really easier for me to long form it via email rather than over coffee. So if you want to put together a list of questions, I’d be happy to answer them when I can put some thought into it.”
Amanda is your business colleague who has a few questions about the big project your department just took on. She’s asked you for a one on one meeting to go over some specifics.
Amanda, let’s include Pete and Julia on this as they also will be working on this project and may have valuable input. It will also make sure that we all understand the scope and impacts of the project. This will help all of us be able to get our sponsors backing.
Your co-worker Jennifer and her team just launched a successful new project, and they’ve all invited you out for some drinks after work to celebrate.
Jennifer, I appreciate the offer but I have plans. I keep a pretty tight schedule after work with classes and personal development. I hope you all enjoy and good job on the project.