#TurnbackTuesday – PRSA Western District Conference Being Naughty

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Hey, get your head out of the gutter, reader!

This is a blog post is to get you all excited for the PRSA Western District Conference, which begins tomorrow in Phoenix!

In honor of the communications event of the year, I’ve been sharing learning from previous years’ events in recent weeks.

Today, I share one of my favorite learnings from the 2012 Conference.

During that conference, from texting to interrupting to making jokes, I learned that we’ve all been guilty of bad behavior – and have to deal with bad behavior – in meetings.

Which Naughty Nancy are you? Be honest:


Love your ideas so much you simply cannot let anyone else get a word in edgewise?


Always the first to note how something won’t work without offering reasons why or alternative ideas?


Cannot contain your thoughts that everyone else in the meeting is dumb and needs to be told so whenever they open their mouths?


Can’t stop trying to make people laugh, even when important work is being discussed?

Uninterested Non-Talker

Is Facebook calling? Is the meeting boring you? Do you have ADD?

Shy Non-Talker

Never been the one to speak your mind? Have trouble verbalizing yourself in group settings?

Fearful Non-Talker

Scared of the voices in your head telling you that your ideas are dumb? Or scared of the attackers in the room?

I, personally, am guilty of being a “monopolizing joker” from time to time. I’ve also had to deal with all of the above in meetings, and not always effectively. For the full post and tons of tips on how to lead groups with any of the above baddies, click here.

Alison Bailin
Alison Bailin
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