...A Co-Worker Talks Too Much During Meetings


What to Say When…Tips and Scripts for Tricky Situations at Work


Lesson Info

...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?

Class Description

It’s always important to know the right thing to say in various situations, but it’s particularly important at work. Getting tongue-tied or putting your foot in your mouth when speaking to a work colleague or superior could get you into trouble and impact your ability to thrive in your career.

So wouldn’t it be great if you had a virtual archive of precise language you can use in any professional situation? For example, what might you say when someone at work loses a loved one, when office politics get ugly or when a colleague isn’t pulling their weight?

Taught by Ilise Benun, an author and teacher known as the Marketing Mentor, this course provides you with concrete advice and guidance about how to handle a wide variety of situations and conversations. Using bite-sized videos that portray real-world situations, it will give you the tools you need to communicate clearly, appropriately and assertively at work.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Communicate with everyone in your professional arena, from bosses to direct reports, vendors to clients.
  • Avoid miscommunication when possible and recover from it when you can’t.
  • Go from people-pleaser to self-respecting professional.
  • Know the right thing to say at the right moment.
  • Take time to assess the situation before making your response.
  • Know when to speak and when to stay quiet.
  • Decide whether a written or a verbal response is more appropriate.