We all have them. Some of us like them, some not so. Some are useful, some not. Some have purpose, some not. Some of them are to discuss the outcome of a previous meeting, whereas some are the initiation of a new project and are essential to build relationships in a new team who have not worked together.

But what kind of meetings have you been in? Here are some negative behaviours I’ve seen over the last 25+ years of attending meetings for work:

Taking or making phone calls in the meeting. And not leaving the roomTaking shoes (and socks, on one occasion) offTapping away on laptop or phoneSleeping (yes, I kid you not!)No clear leader/facilitator, leads to rambling conversations and lack of focusLack of preparation or focus to meetingToo many or wrong people invited to the meetingArriving lateTaking over meeting for personal goal, not the meeting goalHaving a meeting when an email would do

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