I recently had a conversation with someone who didn’t want the conversation to end. It started innocently enough as a hallway conversation. We hadn’t seen each other in a while. I made some small talk asking the person how things had been. After about five minutes, I realized that the conversation had evolved to meaningless chatter. Every time I started to close off the argument, the other person came up with another discussion point.
I’ve seen a similar phenomenon in meetings. I once had a weekly status meeting that was scheduled for an hour. Even when all of the agenda topics had been covered, the owner of the meeting would think up new discussion topics to fill out the balance of the hour. Just because a meeting is scheduled for an hour, doesn’t mean it needs to last that long.
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