There is an art to running a meeting. Whether it is virtual or face-to-face, if you don’t do it right, you make people annoyed, defensive, argumentative and sometimes unwilling to ‘play’.
I’m sure we can all recall meetings where you are sitting at a conference table kicking the person next to you because you can’t believe how poorly a meeting is going.
Or if you’re on an audio conference call or web conference, you are furiously IMing your co-worker about what a painful meeting you’re on and wishing the host would get a clue. Ever accidentally send a chat message along the same lines through the web conferencing tool that went to everyone? Can you say ‘cringer’?!
I just came across a blog by Steve Roesler who provided some comic relief with 15 Useful Phrases at Work. I think #7 is my favorite. I know I would never be able to say any of these things out loud, but, holy cow, it sure would be funny to hear someone else say them. Talk about shock and awe. Can you imagine the reaction in a meeting if someone actually said, “I don’t know what your problem is, but I’ll bet it’s hard to pronounce.”
Have you ever been part of a meeting when someone said what was really going through his head? I would love to hear about it!