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How People Sit in Meetings and What it Really Means

Collaboration with illustrator bad-ass Matt Huynh who I’ve been trying to work with since our James Victore dinner series. Big thanks to Matt from ShowerHacks and my fellow Bookface compatriots who communicated meeting research for this – Chelsea, Kate, Tim, JZ, Barton, Gina, Eric Lefkofsky and Blaise. Starring Barry.

How People Sit in Meetings

Did I miss any? See how many you incorporate into one meeting. For more of this nonsense, check out the best survival knife What it Really Means series of posts on here, see some of my weird videos sorted by popularity, view the Instagram craziness, or just doowhachalike.

  • http://boltron.com/ Nate Bolt

    Testing new comments

  • http://twitter.com/tgerz ☆ Trevor Gerzen ☆

    I love you

  • bartonsmith

    So good! Love the new additions.

  • http://twitter.com/stewartmccoy Stewart McCoy

    True to life.

  • Lauren

    Fantastic. And all true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=660504457 Greg Hoy

    So good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mpmoody Mike Moody

    scary accurate

  • John

    Where’s the “remote worker”?

  • Molly

    this is the best thing I’ve seen ever. Can we be friends, Nate?!

  • http://www.tylerwillis.net Tyler Willis

    Definitely needs “remote worker” and “sitting backwards in my chair.”

  • http://twitter.com/RbeforeI sandy o’gorman

    thank you for laying this out soo sweetly……words only account for 7% of what we “hear” body language says it all !

  • Kevin

    Need the “checking my phone ‘discreetly’ under the desk for the entire meeting”

  • Sexting

    What about “texting” for the person with eyes and thumbs glued to their phone?

  • Linda Gerard

    So

  • http://www.facebook.com/navi.sunner Navi Sunner

    lol

  • http://gersande.com/ Gersande

    Very cute. I loved every minute of this!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kgabaldon Kay Lynn Gabaldon

    Best ever!

  • http://twitter.com/a_w_young a_w_young

    Nervous pen flicker or hand/nail picker?

  • Luke

    How about the “I do yoga, I’m comfortable sitting on the floor. Chairs are bad for you anyway.”

  • tcbarrett

    I love that bear

  • suli ali

    you are the funniest!

  • http://atog.be Koen Van der Auwera

    Great!

  • heba

    awesome & very funny

  • chloe penn

    lol. i can Bear it.

  • anaxamaxan

    The knitter: “Mind if I knit? I’m going to pretend to pay attention, but mostly I’m in a meditative state, silently counting stitches. Damn, dropped my yarn again.”

  • anaxamaxan

    Laptop open, with “remote worker” in a Skype or G+ window. “Hey, just because I’m remote doesn’t mean I’m not part of the team!”

  • Chris

    What about the napper?

  • Jonathan Dresner

    You missed my favorites: “nodding off” and “sitting slightly away from the table with hands in lap to show I’m paying attention but don’t want to get involved”

  • http://twitter.com/Grinblo Evgenia Grinblo

    Was just about to say that.

  • Antoine

    remote …

  • Pat

    You’re missing the covert hostility person: facing you, no internet, arms crossed, angry/frustrated look on face.

  • http://boltron.com/ Nate Bolt

    Can’t believe I missed that one!!!! I might need to make an addition. So important.

  • http://boltron.com/ Nate Bolt

    WE’RE NOW FRIENDS

  • http://amundsen.com/blog/ Mike Amundsen

    Ha! read this during a meeting. upset the “others” as i almost choked to death stifling my laughs. thx!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeffreyk Jeffrey Kalmikoff

    This is amazing.

  • http://twitter.com/sholtaway Spencer

    People use Google+ for meetings?

  • http://twitter.com/pmyers77 Patrick Myers

    The Rocker. My chair’s legs are straight, but I keep moving back and forth because you went five minutes past my attention span…six minutes into the meeting.

  • Stephanie

    Oh My….you nailed it…we have an “allstar” on my team that is constantly nodding off to the point that she no longer attends meetings in person because she can fall asleep staring you in the face!

  • http://twitter.com/jasonh_n_austin Jason Harmon

    HAHA! So glad I took the day off, but I will be picturing the bear as an overlay to my co-workers for a while…funny stuff!

  • Zymurge

    How about an empty chair that signifies the exec that either called the meeting or that is being presented to as a key stakeholder, but is always running 10-20 minutes late?

  • http://www.facebook.com/andi.harman Andi Harman

    Ha, I am a combo of a “discreet phone checker” and no matter what chair I’m in, I sit indian-style with my legs crossed.

  • http://twitter.com/amycham Amy Cham

    You forgot “desperately scribbling down every word in a feeble attempt to stay awake.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/joshdamon Josh Damon Williams

    Picasso: Mind if I sit here and draw while you do you’re meeting? I may draw a better version of the thing you’re talking about or just a sketch of a dog barfing. Either way, it’s going to happen so don’t even try to make eye contact.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abiem Allen Chan

    just want to say nice post this made my day!!!! : DDDD

  • http://about.me/nelking Nancy King

    This demands bingo card creation for speakers.

  • http://twitter.com/janjamm jan angevine

    Person sits, chin on hand, fingers drumming with controlled impatience, just waiting to tell someone why their suggestion won’t work. Never supports anything. Master Downer. Never played team sports. “I’m smarter than all of you losers.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/jen.mcmahon.940 Jen McMahon

    I have done every single one of these. Twice.

  • http://twitter.com/chockro Shruti Chakraborty

    how about “the sleeper”? eyes closed, brows scrunched, lips pursed as if i’m concentrating, but actually I’m fast asleep

  • http://twitter.com/esabine Eric Sabine

    The “Splayer”… men that back their chairs out and open their legs wide, so we can all marvel in their glory

  • Arbor Vitae

    The doodler (“It may appear as though I’m taking notes but I’m engrossed by my swirly creation”). Meeting Bear wears black artist beret. Also,