Monday, February 3, 2014

Another palate cleanser: What if face-to-face meetings went like conference calls?

Here’s a nice Monday palate cleanser for you. After a surprisingly crushing Seahawks victory and an impending recruiting haul for SEC (and certain ACC National Champ) teams, here’s something you’ll probably find eerily familiar.

To set the scene: A group of white-collar professionals assemble in an ordinary conference room, in order to hold a meeting on something that sounds important enough to warrant real time discussion. But in today’s distributed work environments, a lot of these real time discussions require conference calls.

Hilarity ensues. We have a guy who can’t (or won’t) stay on the connection, the barking dog from the work from home dude, echo problems and what not.

Over the last six months, I have been on dozens of conference calls. More than a few featured some of these annoyances. To have them all together in one well-made video: Priceless.