Tuesday, November 21, 2006

A Bad Way To Start a Sentence

When someone pipes up in a meeting, here are a few key sentences to listen for. Why are you listening for these? Because if you hear them, you can shut off your brain for a few minutes.

  • "At my previous job..." This is worthless. Did your previous company make airplanes? No? alright... move on.
  • "Long story short..." You're a liar; you're about to go off on some random tangent for 13 minutes.
  • "I've worked here for 30 years..." Wow. Why don't you retire? And guess what: if we want to call a "bug" a "defect"... its really not worth complaining about for 30 minutes.

My brain is slow and that's all I can think of right now. Can you think of other excuses to zone out in meetings?


russellpwirtz said...

any time i hear the word 'synergy' i know i can safely zone out for a while and not have to remember anything said.

Scott said...

The worst one I ever heard was, "Well, I could code that up in FORTRAN, but...."

This person still can't code anything and is still an "Embedded Software Engineer"