Just because I work on an animated cartoon doesn't mean it's all fun and games around the office. We still have very important staff meetings, and thanks to the example set by my coworkers, I'm learning a great deal about how things work.
Here's some advice for your next staff meeting:
- If a tardy coworker is trying to enter a meeting without being disruptive, it's best to announce their presence by making little trumpet noises with your mouth.
- Do not indulge in "pity laughter" when somebody tries to lighten the mood. Instead, acknowledge their attempt at humor by enthusiastically saying "oh, laughter!"
- The higher the volume of your voice, the more people know you care about whatever you're saying. This applies both in and out of the board room.
- If two coworkers start to talk over each other, it's helpful to select the quieter one and say to him "shut your mouth. You shut your mouth right now."
- Everybody in the room may think they're the most important member of the team, but it's actually you. Yes, you.