Does someone else need to know about this meeting? It's possible to forward a meeting request to someone else. You should know that when you forward a meeting request, the person you forward it to will respond directly to the meeting organizer. That is, when that attendee responds to the meeting request, the meeting organizer will receive a message directly from that person — you'll be out of the loop.
Will the forwarded request be an unpleasant surprise to the organizer? Before you forward a meeting request, think about whether the meeting organizer will be inconvenienced by your actions. For example, think about these factors:
- Are there space limitations for the meeting location?
- Is there a cost associated with the meeting? (Is the organizer providing expensive handouts or lunch?)
- Is the subject matter of the meeting likely to be controversial or confidential?
These are just a few thoughts. You may be aware of other issues that would make forwarding a bad idea. In these situations, it's best to ask the meeting organizer to add a new attendee rather than taking matters into your own hands.
For some meetings, an organizer may feel that the more, the merrier. In these cases, feel free to forward away.