How To Deal With Long Meetings

45 percent of all meetings are staff meetings and 63 percent have no planned agenda
how to deal with long meetings
how to deal with long meetings

45 percent of all meetings are staff meetings and 63 percent of them have no planned think that is shocking, how about this; Information-sharing meetings comprise of just 21 percent of the total. As for those famed and deeply useful brainstorming (translation: panic-because-we-have-no-new-ideas) meetings--these are a mere 5 percent. Whenever I see numbers, my eyes describe a troubled orbit. Unless, of course, the numbers are on a check, payable to me. However, I’ve just had some numbers thrust upon me that create an unusual disturbance in unexpected parts of my being. The long and short of it is that most meetings aare a waste of time, especially Long meetings,

Long meeting can be really frustrating especially when it is not driving at results. Far too many meetings are unproductive and a waste of money. Take for instance Mr. D has been trying to make a point for the past 40 minutes and you still can't quite figure out what he's trying to say. This meeting is going nowhere fast!

Being the junior staff that you are, you're in no position to cut Mr. D short. Sometimes people just like to be center stage and, unfortunately, you've been cast in the role of fascinated audience.

Normally, the best thing to do when faced with an unproductive meeting is to excuse yourself. However, there are times when this is impossible (like when Mr. D is your CEO).

Here are some do's and don'ts on how to deal with long meetings it would get you through the next hour should you find yourself in this situation:


  • Nod in agreement every few minutes. This will give the impression that you're mulling over something he's said.
  • Pull out a notebook and a pen and try to get some work done – just make sure to look up every few minutes so that it looks like you're taking notes.
  • Smile to approve the speakers words at random moments.
  • Say little words of encouragement like ‘It’s a no brainer sir’
  • Also, Criticise the plan. Ask questions that would question what the person is saying at the moment. If people question your criticism, just say you wanted to be sure about the person’s decisions and how it profits your firm.
  • Try to keep your mind occupied so that you don't nod off. Try counting umm's or the's – anything to make it look like you're listening.
  • Mentally plan your grocery list
  • After the meeting, send Mr. Bigwig a link to Maybe he'll learn something!


  • Don't try to make the meeting more interesting by joking or getting off topic – you'll only make the pain last longer
  • Don't tap your pencil on the table, cross and uncross your legs or show any other sign of impatience. It's unlikely that the incessant nattering will cease and you'll only serve to annoy fellow sufferers.
  • Don't let your eyes completely glaze over. If you do, Mr.D will sense that you aren't paying attention and, just like your fifth grade teacher, ask you a question pertaining to what he's discussing.