Here’s What People Hate About Meetings

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Let’s face it: Meetings have a bad reputation. Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts nailed it with their list of 15 things people hate about meetings.

There are many things people hate about meetings, and most of them have to do with the people in the room. In a recent survey, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts gets honest about 15 common meeting annoyances and also the most over-used phrases people say while at them.

  1. When people talk over each other
  2. When the room is too cold/too hot
  3. People who arrive late
  4. People who talk too much and don’t let anyone get a word in edgeways
  5. People making phone calls
  6. People on their phones sending emails/messages
  7. Technology issues in general
  8. People who take the meeting off-track/change the subject
  9. Conference call technology not working
  10. Projector/presentation technology not working
  11. When there aren’t enough chairs
  12. When the room is double booked
  13. People using ‘office jargon’ or buzzwords
  14. The pair that won’t stop laughing
  15. People who fidget/tap

Do you know people who use these annoying phrases? We do! We’ll even add one: Staying in your swim lane!

  1. ASAP
  2. Win-Win situation
  3. Touch base
  4. No brainer
  5. Back to the drawing board
  6. Get the ball rolling
  7. Hit the ground running
  8. Thought shower
  9. Benchmark
  10. Moving the goalposts
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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.