First, a happy new year to all.
But now to the important stuff. We are all challenged with meetings — too many, too long, too … well, you can fill in your own word here. However, I’ve found a way to get some real value out of all these meetings. I pay attention.
Now, before you go off on me for being obvious, I don’t mean paying attention to what people are trying to say. I mean paying attention to what they are actually saying. The following is a list of actual statements (I am not making these up; I didn’t steal them from some Internet/e-mail list) that were made during meetings I have recently attended:
“We’re getting into newer water.”
“Kind of a combined stand alone with a collaborative effect.”
“Give yourself an applause.”
“We need you to be the adversaries of this workshop.”
“It’s intuitive once you get used to it.”
“We have to be creative inside the box.”
And my two personal favorites:
“We need to be kind of explicit.”
And the gentleman who stood in front of a group of managers, explaining why he didn’t sleep through the night, consistently explaining that he had “an incest tooth.”
I think I have to reiterate it here — I did not make these up. I’ve got more — but that should get you going.
So, anything you’ve heard lately?