We’re just about to end the meeting, but I can’t help myself. I have to ask questions that have nothing to do with what we’ve been talking about just to hear myself talk. How I love the sound of my voice. You’ve all had your coffee right? So I can go on for hours. I must ask meaningless questions and keep you all here because I need my audience!
Take one for the team! It doesn’t matter when you speak up, as long as you do:
- In the moment, tell the group you have another meeting. Get yourself out of there. Interrupt the flow — immediately! You know to expect the endless pointless questioning, so stop it! Watch how many of your co-workers join you out the door! Only listen if you want to waste time, have a good laugh or share something fun with your co-workers as you commiserate about it later.
- Plan ahead. Warn the person running the meeting so that he/she knows to expect The Pontificator and can stop it.