In every office, there are types of people who make meetings unhappy. This week I’ve combined the 3 most common types of personalities that ruin meetings. Have fun!
- Multitasker: The multitaskers bring their laptops and cell phones to the meeting and are constantly working on their laptops and constantly checking their cell phones. You are physically present during the meetings, but not mentally. Therefore, they do not listen to the meeting and never speak unless someone shouts their name and asks their opinion. To prevent their names from being mentioned, try not to make eye contact with anyone else in the room. When their laptops run out of batteries, they switch to their phones and keep emailing or checking their social media. It is best to speak to these people after meeting and ask if they have too much work on their shoulders. Perhaps it is better for them to skip some meetings and only attend the crucial ones.
- The “but …” type: These types of personalities try to kill all ideas without presenting alternatives. Since they are negative and pessimistic all the time, they also consume other people’s energy and make them passive. The rest of the people in the meeting stop talking and come up with other ideas for fear of looking stupid in front of everyone because the “but” guy will find something to destroy their ideas. Ask everyone in the meeting to prepare for ideas or to fight that person off by saying, “Thank you for your point, but let’s try to focus on solutions and follow the agenda we have.”
- The straggler: These people are always late for meetings and usually make the excuse that the previous meeting took longer than expected. These people usually have time management problems. Therefore, it is best to send them a different meeting invitation than others. If the meeting starts at 2 p.m., send them the invitation at 1:45 p.m. so that they can prepare accordingly. In addition, if the latecomer wants a recap of what has been discussed so far, the meeting worsens as it is a waste of other people’s time in the meeting and prevents everyone from getting on with the agenda. To avoid this, let the latecomer know that they can use the meeting minutes to catch up on the conversation after the meeting so that others are not disturbed.