I Hate Conference Calls

You hate them? I hate them more.

Fish in a barrel

I’ve got a new pet peeve…

“Hey, we’re setting up a call for Tuesday at 2pm, are you available?”

“No, alas, I’m not.”

“When are you available?”

OK, I realize that it’s not a perfect world, and human communication is inherently flawed, but how can anyone answer that question?  “Oh, right, here’s my complete schedule in perpetuity!  I hope, looking forward, that you can find a time for us to have a conference call!!! That’s a dream come true!”

Or even worse, if you say “I’m never available,” then you’ve played your hand, you’ve revealed that you hate conference calls, or even worse, maybe you were too busy to take on the project in the first place.  Then you really look like a winner.

But maybe it’s all in my head.  If you said “I’m sorry, I can never do a call,” would you really get fired?  Would they say “Man, we love that nitwit, but we can’t use him anymore, he can never make the conference calls.  And he makes fun of us on his blog.  What a freakin’ jerk.”

One Comment

  • Karen says:

    I say you should try the “never available to do a call” approach and see what happens – I got your back…I’ll still hire – Paul or other Greg or Cameron…don’t worry…or if you don’t want to go that route get an assistant to cover your calls -pretty much anyone can contribute what the LD says on a con call anyway…I could probably even do it all you have to say is – “we’ll need more lights to do that” or “we need to order the gobos by next week” – give it a whirl and let me know how it goes!!

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