Interruption and waffling are top meeting hates for Britain

November 2002
Management Services;Nov2002, Vol. 46 Issue 11, p4
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the results of a survey conducted by the Taylor Nelson company regarding meetings. The survey which was commissioned by the Video Arts company, asked meeting facilitators in Great Britain about irritating meeting menaces such as the waffler, the dominator, the idea assassin, the turf warrior and the interrupter. When asked what type of person they hated most in meetings, only 16 percent picked people who dominated conversations as the top meeting menace while one in five chose idea assassins. Women are more irritated by interrupters than men, with nearly a third pricing interruption as top meeting menace, while the top hate for men was waffling. It was concluded that people's success at meetings will depend on their ability to handle the common characters they encounter in the meeting arena, as well as how well they prepare before going to a meeting.


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