Bored to death...in a meeting

Philippines
July 17, 2012 3:47am CST
Have you ever attended a meeting that you were so bored you wanted to just disappear? Been there, done that! I swear it was so boring and that their jokes were so corny. Have you experienced being in such? How did you deal with it?
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8 responses
@Raine38 (9029)
• United States
17 Jul 12
OMG, I was part of ExeComs and it's sooooo boring, like half the time it is. At first all the good stuff and the important ones are discussed, and I think those meetings should have been over by then but no! Everyone has to drag it on until lunch time. So, knowing that I am not the only who's bored, a friend of mine came up with something that she read on a literature which kept the characters awake during the whole boring meeting: we will choose a word that we believe that the current speaker will use like most of the time during his/her whole speech. For example, I choose the word "technically" and my seat mate will choose "actually". Then we keep tabs on each word and how often those were used by the speaker. the loser will have to take a shot of cold tea (and we know how cold tea tastes like). By the end of the meeting, we're all running to the loo to rid of a bursting bladder LOL!
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• Philippines
19 Jul 12
I do agree with you. Usually the first part of the meeting is truly important then after a few minutes, even useless stuffs are being discussed. Those things are actually what makes the meeting such a waste of time. I just hope those who preside over meetings know how to control the group so that we stick to the agenda.
@Raine38 (9029)
• United States
19 Jul 12
I remember my friend remarked that these meetings are the Facebook of the executives :) Most of the time you will hear all their achievements and incomparable contributions to the organization, sometimes you think as if they're all one-man/woman teams. It doesn't help if the one presiding it also needs to have his "self-admiration" fix by throwing in "good ideas" that should have been, would have been. Maybe it's just me and my preference to short talks and updates, or just my mind wandering to my table thinking of more productive ways I could do with my time other than sitting there. But it can't be helped, it has to happen.
@riyauro (6430)
• India
17 Jul 12
yeah i have been to such boring meetings and trust me, it sucks. I would just sit there physically but my mind will be somewhere else. I my mind i would be planning my dinner or what i would like to do later in the evening. So that way i same time to think about it later. So maybe you will want to try it next time. Have a good day
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• Philippines
19 Jul 12
I usually do that too..
• Canada
18 Jul 12
Never in a meeting, but I was that bored sitting at the passport offoice last month, waiting for my number to come up. I got the passport in a hurry because I was supposed tomeet a friend of mine in New York City, then she bailed on me. Oh well, I still have the passport, so I can go anytime I feel like it, now. I am going to go on my own.
• Philippines
19 Jul 12
Enjoy your travels my friend!
@Paper_Doll (2376)
• Philippines
23 Jul 12
Hi, I have experienced that many times. I usually take my notebook with me and would be pretend to be busy taking down notes but actually, I am drawing just anything that comes to my mind. Once, I have attended a meeting scheduled after lunch. I was so sleepy that time and so the rest of the group. I noticed a colleague of mind who was already sleeping in his chair. They did not noticed him until he snored. Not just a snore but a loud snore that shocked all of us. My boss was so angry that time but I can't help myself I was really laughing.
@asdomencil (4276)
• Philippines
23 Jul 12
I sometimes experience this situation but not in a meeting but in a seminar. I will really feel sleepy and wish I can go out already and went home. hehehe. What I did is just make some scribbles on my note pads. But in case I experience this in a meeting, I just open my computer and do something else. hehehe.
@RitterSport (2452)
• Lippstadt, Germany
22 Jul 12
oh dear dolce_vita been there endured that not so long ago. The worst thing is that all these so called news were not even relevant for us so it was just stolen time I could better have used to clean up my work list some more. There wasnt even coffee sponsored for us at the meeting so apart from just sitting there and letting my mind wander there were no benefits to that at all. LOL
@reploid (1239)
• France
21 Jul 12
I experience that very often, this is when I start to day dream. I think this kind of situation is a complete waste of time.
@bagumbayan (2707)
• Philippines
19 Jul 12
Many times. Just pretended listening and or going out of the room so many times. Why am I attending, requirements etc. etc. But as I said earlier if I dont want to attend I just dont. Or I go inside and later go out.