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Part of the Job

As part of my job I listen to and give many presentations throughout my day.  It is not unusual for me to be on conference calls sometimes 12 hours a day.  I really don't mind giving presentations as much as I do listening to them.  See I find it hard to stay awake through some of them because let's face it the topics aren't too interesting and when the person speaks in a monotone voice it seems like they drone on for hours and hours endlessly. The least they could do is add interesting pictures or provide breaks in the monotony.  So yes I hate listening to presentations to the point that I feel terrorized and victimized sometimes.

fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 7 Responses Oct 9, 2008

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My manager sometimes complains that he spends part of his weekends working, at home, though not on phone calls or meetings. I did tell him I thought it wrong but he seems to accept it's part of the role - well, he is paid a lot more than I am!<br />
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My remarks on 'Powerpoint' presentations came from observing large gaggles of customers on shop-floor tours that also involve them being shown pretty pictures on a large screen within the work-room. There are usually two or three or so, eyes glazed, taking more interest in the work going on than in gazing dutifully at yet another screen.

I recall a symposium in which about half the speakers were professional, the rest amateur, in their field.<br />
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Of them all the worst was one of the professionals who had to be told to stop eventually, he was over-running so badly before even summing up! <br />
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It's not something I've ever had to do, nor will I, but I do feel sorry sometimes for all these managerial types forced to sit through each others' self-important 'Powerpoint' slide-shows! Meetings, whether local or by conference call, are a great way to impart an air of Great Importance rather than actually doing anything productive. <br />
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Further, regarding 12-hour conference calls, there's something very wrong with any organisation that makes its staff (of any level) feel they have to waffle on for 12 hours. I imagine after a few hours they would all be too tired to make any real sense or make proper judgements. It also suggests the participants were incapable of precise, concise discussion - but many business types are not precise and concise even in writing!

Thanks God they are not 12 hours straight but I did sometimes work 12 hour days with many conference bridges in a day. I should have written that better.

Well if I fall asleep I just got in trouble.

I couldn't do that I would be moveing around to much or sleeping

LOL thank goosness most my presentations are on conference calls and usually with people from many different countries. Sometimes I can get into the many different accents or counting the number of times the person says umm or other nervous phrases. I am evil and I know it lol.

Lucky you can give them, I freeze up in front of people. Im really shy. When listening, I like to sit in the back row so I can lean my head against the wall if one is there, and hope the speaker don't notice my eyes close every now and then. Yes it is rude.

LOL - a little extreme? I can understand it though. I just gave one yesterday. It was supposed to be at least 30 minutes, they cut my time down to 20, which not enough time for what i had prepared.