Meetings are outlets for people who don’t actually know how to do any real work.
A four and a half hour meeting on efficiency???
You know a meeting is bad when expecting a response from the participants the presenter gets nothing but the sound of crickets….
“You know a meeting is boring as hell when you tweet a picture of your granola bar! Lol” -@grabmyhairhard via Twitter
“Either everyone in the room has turned into a dead-eyed zombie, or this meeting is boring as hell.” -@lovinlalocura via Twitter
I had a webinar from a company. I was asked to join this meeting. No agenda was provided. They started the presentation with how their product was architected. At the 20 minute mark, I asked them: “What does the product do?” They tried to answer. I said, “well, that’s not what I need. I need X. I thought you guys did X.” Salesguy: “well, we do, but my group doesn’t.” Click.
I worked for a dot-com that had to cut salaries one year. I sat next to the guy in a company meeting who raised his hand and asked the CEO to promise him when he’d have his salary restored. I bit my tongue so hard to stop myself from laughing I could taste my own blood. I turned bright red and still ended up laughing my ass off.
I have been to meetings with No agenda, No minutes published, No follow-up action items or ownership … I hate them all. This should be made a criminal offense.
I once had a meeting with a firm that was trying to present a brief for our approval. I spent the next 30minutes of my life watching this firm present and calling us by our competitors. They never won the pitch…
One of the things I hate about meetings is when the presenter decides to ask “What are your expectations for this meeting? For crying out loud, why did you send across an agenda for the meeting if you were still going to ask such a dumb question?
We had a project meeting to tell us organizational needs & goals had changed but the project was going ahead as scheduled…Just without purpose or direction…What ensued was many many pointless meetings and the worst 6 months of my life.
#UrbanPhraseOfTheDay: Going Screensaver- Dozing off in the middle of a meeting, presentation or conference via @kiranmanral on Twitter
Meeting started late, once started was told it will end early (because it started late), and the cherry on top was “i dont really have a clear agenda for this.” Can you guess how well this meeting went?
My strategy for this conference call is to play dead.
When sharing a powerpoint deck directly from a computer, remember to turn off your instant chat. Otherwise your co-workers instant chat might pop up to “bite” you.
I hate having a staff meeting AFTER working a 12 hour graveyard shift. Why do the graveyard personnell have to stay late for the meeting instead of the dayshift coming in early? SUCKS!!!
In our last monthly meeting, the clueless chairperson spent the first 59 minutes of the meeting reading through the minutes of the previous meeting before we could approve them and move on to the agenda for the current meeting. It’s an hour of my life I will never get back.
In my last meeting, I had the wedgy of a lifetime and awkwardly waited for everyone to leave so I handle it.
See no evil, speak no evil, and hear absolutely nothing in this miserable meeting.
To that one brave employee who decides to start their own mini revolution by being the only one that disagrees. Yeah, fight the good fight.
I will never forgive myself for letting my Lady Gaga ringtone go off during my meeting last week.
I was that guy in the meeting whose stomach growled like a lion in the zoo for an entire hour. My boss was sitting right next to me. The torture.
We had a meeting with a big boss. I didn’t have much to say about the subject at hand, and was whispering to the co-worker next to me. The boss saw me and said “could we just have one meeting here?”. Afterwards, everybody kept saying “yeah the meeting wouldn’t have lasted so long if you weren’t holding your own meeting!”
A co-worker of mine became angry with me during a meeting. She stood up, grabbed a large book from the shelves behind us, and slapped me across the face with it. That was rather humiliating.
I work for a big warehouse and we have meetings at our flagship store. It is known for having food samples and when my higher up was explaining his ideas to our group my stomach started grumbling…loudly. Well if that’s not bad enough, then I start to blush and turn red which is even more embarassing.