Posted by: kerrywills | December 27, 2013

Classic Workplace Moves: The Meeting Repeater


Yet another Classic Workplace Move is “the meeting repeater.” This is the person during meetings who speaks up all of the time, but then just repeats what the last person said. For example, someone may give a status on something “we are tracking to green because we will have signoffs this week.” Then this person will jump in and essentially say the same thing but maybe change the wording slightly; “yes and it looks like we will be back on track after we get the sign off.” While they are jumping into the conversation, they are really not adding any value to it.

"We need to do ABC."; "I also think we should do ABC"; "

“We need to do ABC.”; “I also think we should do ABC”; “What if we did something like ABC”

I tend to only jump in on conversations when I feel like I have something valuable to contribute. Plus meetings tend to drag on so much that I find it inefficient when people bring up redundant information or just repeat the same information. I am not saying that people shouldn’t contribute to meetings, but I do tend towards focusing on adding value vs just speaking for the sake of speaking.

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  1. Reminds me of Galaxy Quest. Sigourney Weaver’s character, Gwen, is criticized for repeating everything the computer says.

    It’s good to have a sense of purpose.


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