I do enough meetings in a week to kill one’s spirit, and sometimes that does occur… the clearest reason in due to meeting trolls Seth Godin recently shared a field guide to the Meeting Troll, a common creature, one that morphs over time and is good at hiding (snaring you when it’s too late to avoid him or her.)
Here are some of my favorites:
1. The meeting troll never says ‘we’. It’s all about ‘you.’
2. Despite his protestations about how much he hates meetings, the meeting troll actually thrives on them, because, after all, this is the only place he gets to do his best work. The very best way to extinguish the meeting troll is to extinguish meetings. The second best way is to not invite him.
3. A key giveway: The meeting troll will use the phrase, “devil’s advocate.” More than once.
4. Growth hackers look for a yes at every turn. The meeting troll thinks his job is to find the no.
5. The meeting troll is afraid, not merely evil. Change is a threat, and trolling is his well-intentioned but erroneous response to the threat of change.
Check out the whole list. Meanwhile, stop expecting the troll to play team, they are out for the personal win.