It used to be that the rudest guy (or gal) in a meeting was the guy who never shuts up. You know who I’m talking about. The guy who constantly talks. And talks. I’ll call him “Talking Tom.”
He’s only interested in himself. Talking Tom isn’t interested in anybody else’s ideas.
The eyes usually start rolling during one of his monologues. Somebody really should tell Talking Tom to shut up. But nobody does. So he keeps talking.
It makes for a long meeting.
Talking Tom, however, has a new rival. Her name? “Texting Terry.”
I think you know her. She’s always texting and emailing on her mobile device. She even takes it to the bathroom. And during a meeting, she just can’t stop. Reading messages. Sending messages. Forwarding messages.
Like Talking Tom, Texting Terry only appears interested in herself. She’s too busy texting to listen to others. Sure, when it’s her turn to speak, she’ll put her device down and become engaged. But it won’t last. As soon as her part is “over” she’ll zone out again.
It makes for a frustrating meeting.
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the rudest of them all – Talking Tom or Texting Terry?