Bigwig has been trying to make a point for the past 47 minutes
and you still can't quite figure out what he's trying to say.
Much like Driving Miss Daisy, the plot is taking 25
years to unfold. This meeting is going nowhere fast!
Being the junior staffer
that you are, you're in no position to cut Mr. Bigwig short. Sometimes people
just like to be center stage and, unfortunately, you've been cast in the role
of fascinated audience.
Normally, the best thing
to do when faced with an unproductive meeting is to excuse yourself. However,
there are times when this is impossible (like when Mr. Bigwig is your CEO).
Here are some do's and
don'ts to get you through the next hour should you find yourself in this situation:
| ||Nod in agreement every few minutes. This will give the impression
that you're mulling over something he's said.
||Pull out a notebook and a pen and try to get some work done
just make sure to look up every few minutes so
that it looks like you're taking notes
||Try to keep your mind occupied so that you don't nod off.
Try counting umm's or the's anything to make it
look like you're listening.
||Mentally plan your grocery list
||After the meeting, send Mr. Bigwig a link to EffectiveMeetings.com.
Maybe he'll learn something!