Annoying Situations You May Encounter On Your Next Conference Call
The idea of a “conference call” wasn’t recently invented but with all of the annoyances that occur during one, you’d think it was a new concept. No one looks forward to having a conference call. And, most of the time you’d rather do anything but join one. Yet sometimes there’s no way around it. Comedy duo Tripp and Tyler have imagined a conference call situation in their video, “A Conference Call in Real Life.” The sketch perfectly highlights some of the annoyances that come bundled with getting a group of coworkers together on a conference call.
So, how can you get through one without it driving you nuts? I guess just laugh it off. To prepare yourself, check out these annoying situations and people you may encounter on your next conference call.
- Having to hear the words “Hello, who just joined” 50 times in a row.
- While introducing yourself, three other people say their names at the same time as you.
- The string of latecomers who interrupt the presenter each time they join the call.
- The inappropriate comment followed by a silence because someone forgot to mute.
- During the 60-minute call, all you said was your name and goodbye.
- You are deep into another task when someone says your name and you didn’t hear the question.
- You engage in awkward small talk because you’ve joined the call early and it’s just you and someone you’ve never met before.
- Hearing weird background noise, followed by a continuous reminder to everyone to mute his or her phone.
- You ask a question, then silence, followed by a voice apologizing because they were on mute.
- An item not on the agenda is discussed. Someone makes the decision to “take this topic offline” but then continues to talk about it for another 15 minutes.
- At the end, when the moderator asks if there are any more questions there is always that one person who asks one.
- The frustration and anxiety you feel trying to type in a conference call code that isn’t working.
- The work-at-home participant that has a dog that barks throughout the entire call.
- Someone taking the call remotely at an airport and doesn’t mute as airport announcements are blared over the entire call.
- A cat meows during someone’s presentation.
- Or worse…..you hear a flush during someone’s presentation.
- Someone repeatedly drops the call and has to keep calling back in, announcing his or her name each and every time.
- 2 or more people talk at the same time. They pause, thinking they heard something, and then continue to talk over each other again.
- The mobile call quality is so bad that you hear every other word from a participant.
- When you announce that you’ve shared a document but it doesn’t work for that one person.
- The echoing voice of someone who doesn’t realize they are echoing.
- The person that enjoys giving a really long introduction about their career and whom they know.
- A rambling participant who seems to have nowhere else to be and never gets to the point.
- Employees who like to start a debates by disagreeing with everyone about everything.
- The one who continues to ask questions about a topic that has already been put to rest.
- The people who type loudly on their computers so that no one can hear the presenter anymore.
- The people who didn’t make time for a snack decides that it’s time to enjoy their bag of chips on the call.
- The person who places the entire conference call on hold so everyone gets to hear the hold music instead of the presenter.
- The mumbler (or whisperer) no one can understand.
- The screamer that feels like no one will hear him or her unless they speak as loudly as possible.
- The person that repeats the word “hello” because they keep thinking they’ve been disconnected from the call.
Having conference call difficulties?
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