Re: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!

Subject: Re: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!
From: Janet Swisher <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Downing, David" <DavidDowning -at- users -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 13:35:36 -0600

On Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 12:38 PM, Butler, Darren J CTR USAF AFMC 584
CBSS/GBHAC <Darren -dot- Butler -dot- ctr -at- robins -dot- af -dot- mil> wrote:
> David Downing groaned:
>>> several people got hung up on one specific point , which didn't even
> concern me.<<
> You could try this play:
> Chime-in to the conversation by telling the meeting chair that you agree
> that the point-in-question is so important, that another meeting is
> needed to discuss it - and then tactfully nominate the person who has
> dominated the "discussion" as the chair of that meeting. Then sit back
> and watch for either nods of approval or a mass retreat from that
> *oh-so-vital* sub-topic.

I would say that's up to the meeting leader to initiate. If you're an
"invited guest", you don't get to run the meeting, no matter how badly
the meeting is being run. Also, the meeting doesn't have to end just
because *you're* no longer interested in the discussion.

However, you can ask the meeting leader (or the person who invited
you) "Is there anything else on the agenda I need to be here for?" If
the answer is no, you're home free. If the answer is yes, say "Can you
give me a buzz when you get to that? I'll be in my cube." Either
they'll do that, or they'll be prompted to postpone the other
discussion. If the "15 minute" meeting has already run to 45 minutes,
a perfectly reasonable excuse for leaving is "I have other work that
needs my attention".

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Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!: From: Downing, David
RE: Meetings -- ARRGGHHH!!!: From: Butler, Darren J CTR USAF AFMC 584 CBSS/GBHAC

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