...A Co-Worker Talks Too Much During Meetings
What to say when a coworker talks too much at a meeting and no one reigns him or her in. So here's the situation. At your weekly meeting, a coworker always has a comment for everything, even if the topic doesn't relate to him or his work. Your boss never says anything to him though, so every week he drones on and on and the group often doesn't get through the agenda. What can you do here? Here's what you may be thinking and what not to say. What a jerk. Do I really need to be at this meeting? Here's a solution. Don't focus on the coworker. Instead, focus on making the meetings more productive. Here's what you could say, with curiosity. Are you aware that the meetings go on longer than necessary? Maybe it would help to have an agenda or some kind of structure or time limit for comments at our weekly meetings. Or with generosity, I have some ideas about how to improve our meetings and make them more effective, maybe even shorter. Who should I share those with? Or humility, I could be wro...
ng, but I think there are some changes we can make to our meetings that would make them more efficient. And maybe humor here. Am I the only one getting a little sleepy at our meetings lately? The overarching idea is that there may not be a lot you can do here, or your efforts may not have an immediate effect, but try to make someone in authority aware of the problem and suggest overall improvements to meetings that would solve this problem without calling attention to any particular person. Make sense?