There’s something about the comfortable visual anonymity of the conference call that brings out the worst in people. It’s like they think “Well, no one can see what I’m doing, so let’s see how disruptive I can be!”
Here are the 7 absolute worst people you meet on conference calls on a daily basis. Any of these sound familiar?
1) The Irresponsible Pet Owner
We get it. Fido is adorable. You’ve got more pictures of him on your desk than of your children. However, nothing ruins a conference call faster than Man’s Best Friend barking incessantly because a squirrel darted across your yard.
2) The Doesn’t Know He’s on Mute Guy
“Steve, what are your thoughts there?”
“Steve? Did we lose you?”
“Steve’s on mute again.”
BECAUSE STEVE’S ALWAYS ON MUTE. We all know that person, who spends several minutes making allegedly salient points while no one can hear them. Figure it out, Steve.
3) The Doesn’t Know He’s NOT on Mute Guy
Of course, the opposite is true as well, when a Chatty McChatterson has no idea their line is open and is just talking away, oblivious to the fact that they’ve commandeered your conference call. At least you have the benefit of knowing they weren’t going to be paying attention to begin with.
4) The Chronically Late
You’re presenting your perfectly crafted slide deck to some big wigs. You’re on a roll. Stats are flying, visuals are impressing; you’re nailing it. Until your flow is completely interrupted by an entrance ding and rambling apology, 10-15 minutes after your meeting start time. Enter the Chronically Late!
I’m not sure of the science behind it, but they may actually be allergic to joining a meeting on time.
5) The Typer
You never really know just how loud some people type until they’re doing it for the entire length of your conference call. You’re trying to run a productive meeting while The Incredible Hulk over there slams out 100 wpm. And don’t fool yourself into thinking they’re taking notes. 10:1 odds it’s a grocery list or Facebook post.
6) The Snacker
Why do people who eat on conference calls only eat the loudest foods imaginable? I mean, honestly. If you’re really about to pass out, eat some bread or something instead of the newly released Extreme Loud-splosion Chips.
And, without a doubt, the absolute worst person you meet on conference calls is…
7) The Bathroom Breaker
Seriously? Seriously. You’re a full-time job-working adult and you couldn’t go an entire meeting without going to the bathroom? And you were courteous enough to not mute yourself so everyone could hear everything.
Every. Single. Thing.
If there were such a thing as a Lifetime Conference Call Ban, Bathroom Breakers would be the first to go.
Who’s your least favorite person to meet on a conference call? Share in the comments below or tweet us @PGi!