Here’s some things that annoy us in meetings and workshops. You know, since it’s that time of year again.
1. People who cannot come to the point. Don’t say in three paragraphs what you can say in 3 sentences or less.
2. Lack of agenda. We should not be having meetings for the sake of having meetings.
3. Arguing about the same excrement over and over again without doing anything about it. Either we do something about it or we don’t waste our time griping.
4. Lack of action items. It doesn’t matter how many good suggestions people make unless someone actually implements them.
5. People who talk over my female and minority colleagues. Gentlemen, you suck.
6. People who are making good points but just shut up when they’re talked over. (But I get why they do that and I always break in and say, “What is it you were saying…” etc. Still, I wish they would break in so I don’t have to. Also if they did that it would seem more normal when I refuse to let myself talked over by the same senior white guys who try to steamroll everybody.)
7. “Let’s defer that to another committee.”
8. “Let’s put you on that other committee.”
9. People who make a bunch of suggestions about work for other people to do and then leave the meeting early so they can’t be assigned any of said work. (Bonus points if they email later with more work for people “assigned to the committee [I suggested]” to do after. Note that they have actually done no work themselves and conveniently ducked out right after suggesting a committee but before being able to be assigned to a committee. No committee was created after they left, btw.)
10. Anything longer than an hour and 30 min. Or more frequent than once a month. (Exceptions: research meetings– those can/should be more frequent.)
What makes you want to claw your eyes/ears out at meetings?