Thursday, March 19, 2009

Stepping On My Soapbox

I know I'm a newcomer but this is how I feel:

  • During a meeting please don't sit and have your own private conversation, it's very distracting and disrespectful.
  • When they tell you to silence your cell phones, DO IT!
  • If for some reason you don't silence it, please turn it off when it starts to ring, don't let it continue to ring throughout the entire meeting.
  • Can you maybe try and sit still during the entire meeting instead of getting up 4-5 times?

I am half deaf in my right ear so when someone is speaking I focus so I can read their lips and try to hear. Background noise makes it almost impossible for me to hear.

I guess I should be more compassionate. Maybe the people that get up over and over have a medical problem and they need to use the bathroom or something. It's always the same people.

And I know the meetings aren't all about me. But I'm there to listen and I'm finding myself getting more and more irritated by the almost constant disruptions.

Yes, I have PMS.

I am now stepping down from my soapbox.


Shadow said...

ooops, i'd be one of those getting up 4-5 times... it's my add... i envy you guys who can sit and focus and concentrate...

Anonymous said...

These are common sense requests that everyone in a meeting should follow. I don't blame you a bit for being irritated.

steveroni said...

Tyra, you must live in Naples...and go to the same meetings as I! Say hello sometime, so I know who you are.

BTW, I am the guy about whom you are complaining. So thanks for the tip--it maybe will help me to be aware.....and change. Ughhh.

~Tyra~ said...

See, now I feel guilty because I didn't post this to offend anyone. I guess I should've thought more about it before I hit post.

Last night I had the pleasure of celebrating my friend Judy's 4th year and I was trying to really listen to her share. I guess I need to work on not getting so distracted.

Sarah said...

hahaha, dont forget the people who actually answer their phone calls and have an actual conversation during a meeting!

Or the people who show 45 minutes into the meeting and then hijack the table for 20 minutes talking about their day. That one really gets me. I mean, I know the saying, "you are never late for a meeting" but I tend to disagree when people stretch it that far!

Ok, im done too..

vicariousrising said...

I have the same pet peeved about etiquette during meetings. I am diagnosed with ADD and I work hard at not being disruptive. Of course, I haven't been in awhile, so maybe I shouldn't comment.