7:00 PM -- Ever have a meeting like this?

    VP Marketing: We're ramping our traction to achieve new economies of scale. CEO: Our customers see our value add. VP Marketing: We've leveraged our virtualized architecture with a low-cost overlay. CEO: We have more than two customers. VP Marketing: We're going to ramp up our traction into the perfect storm. CEO: Actually, we have three customers. Count 'em. three.

    VP Marketing: Nobody has synergized time-to-market and low-margin manufacturing the way we have. We've got real traction in these paradigms.

    CEO: That's right, we are leveraging our core competencies. Did I tell you how much our customers like me? VP Marketing: I'm multitasking my core competencies. CEO: I'm buying a home in Boca Raton.

We lowly journalists need some sort of secret signal to end such miserable meetings. How about three taps to the forehead and one clenched fist, which says, "Please end this meeting now or I will kill myself."

— R. Scott Raynovich, Editor in Chief, Light Reading

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:02:24 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz
Set the alarm on your cell phone. Have it buzz about 10 minutes into the meeting. If it is this kind of meeting, then you look at your phone quizzically. Fake answer your phone. Now say, "Oh My God! Okay, I will be right there."

To the group say, "I am sorry my wife was just taken to the hospital and I have to go".

Then take your leave.

If the meeting is going well instead, look at the phone scowl and make motions like you are sending the call to voicemail.

If it is going really well, turn the phone off.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:02:22 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz
We talked to each other. Called by phone or visited them.

Probably for me the biggest change is Powerpoint. Back in 76, one produced slide decks with actual slides. It took months to produce a slide deck (God help you if you dropped the slide reel). We then got color printers so that we could make colored overheads and produce new presentations in weeks.

Now, we can produce presentation in days and customize them for customers in less than a day.

Of course, I also programmed computers with both cards and paper tape. I hand entered the boot loaders of minicomputers. I dialed up work on a 1200 baud modem with an acoustic coupler. ECL logic, 4000 series CMOS, having the TI data book on my desk for 74 series logic, the dawn of the 8085, and other things that go back to the dark ages.

Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:02:22 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz yeah, the only problem with that is that I find folks who use their blackberry/pager/cell phone as a crutch equally as annoying.

You can't even have a damn converstion with people anymore without them being distracted by something.

I vote that communications devices be turned off during dinner. After all, how many messages conveyed on a Blackberry are important as national security?

What did people do in 1976?
telco1158 12/5/2012 | 4:02:22 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz "You can't even have a damn converstion with people anymore without them being distracted by something."

Scotty, if I could give you a banana rating, I would.
telco1158 12/5/2012 | 4:02:21 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz "God help you if you dropped the slide reel"

We had trays. You had to determine beforehand if the projector was backlit or forelit, so you knew to put the slide in "regular" or upside down and backwards. Not knowing beforehand made you rearrange the entire tray.

And people today complain about PowerPoint?
telco1158 12/5/2012 | 4:02:21 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz "What did people do in 1976?"

For one thing, we didn't have endless meetings, just lots of coffee breaks.

Oh yeah, businessbabble was relagated around the word "clientele." In the 80s it was "portfolio."
fiber_r_us 12/5/2012 | 4:02:20 AM
re: Buzzzzzzzz > I dialed up work on a 1200 baud modem with an acoustic coupler...

The acoustic coupled modems I remember were only 300-baud! You must have had advanced hardware!!!
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