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It is so funny to see different people trying different ways to be a show stealer, especially if the meeting is being organized by someone who is very important, like your boss or someone who has the ability to do a remarkable change to your life in some way or the other.
The leaders of show stealer are the Mr/Ms. KnowItAlls. These are people whom you can find in most of the meetings. These are people who think and try to show to the World that they know just about every thing under the sun and there is nothing in this World that they have not come across. Only if they come to know that others are listening and no one knows anything about what they are talking they immediately shift to the top gear and become so pompous that you can hardly stand them anymore. I feel like putting a cork in their mouth and shutting them.
Then there are Mr/Ms Disconnected who start talking something that is totally not connected to the topic that is being discussed. This includes people who go beating around the bush and finally when you think about what they said, he would not have said anything sensible at all. In one of my recent meeting one guy spoke for about 2-3 mins and suddenly finished. I was thinking to myself, so what is he trying to say here?? Only thing I could think of is, just to make his presence in the meeting he just spoke.
Then are another kind of people who try to make their presence in the meeting. They are slightly different from the previous category of people. These kind of people mostly oppose to anything that is being suggested by the meeting chairman. By revolting they pull everyone's focus on them. Again in my recent meeting, a suggestion of having a technical lead along with a Project manager was suggested for each project. So Mr.Revolt immediately asked how will just one person suffice for a team and they need to have a technical person for every 2 people or something. Hearing this I felt like laughing out loud, if the technical person is the one who is going to tell us how to code then why would the company need programmers they would rather have typists who will type what the technical person tells.
Then there are these Mr/Ms CloseProximity. These are people who always see to that they are seated at a close proximity to the meeting chairman or at least in the line of vision of the meeting chairman. These people may not make their presence by talking but they see to that they get noticed by the meeting chairman. They mostly try to display a very positive body language by nodding their head etc. If you ask them anything after the meeting, mostly they wont know what was told in the meeting and they would crib to you telling how bad the meeting was. If only they used their acting skills in some cinema they could have won some oscars.
Then there are another set of people, Mr/Ms BackBenchers, who do not care what is happening in the meeting. They just observe what different people do during the meeting and have fun at their expense. They generally try to sit as far as possible from the meeting chairman. They generally have the typical back bencher attitude waiting for the meeting to either end or serve food. Well I don't think I need to say in which category I fall, do I?