The 7 Deadly Sins of Web Conferencing

7 Deadly Sins

Ever­yone should watch out for the 7 deadly sins. They’ll poison your life, career, and rela­ti­ons­hips. They can even poison your online meetings if you’re not careful!
We had a bit of a think about how the 7 deadly sins could ruin your online meetings and we hope none of these happen to you any time soon! Watch out – these sins are out of control and they might hit you next…

1. Lust

Ever­ything is going great. Your online meeting is just wrap­ping up and you think you nailed it. In fact, you know you nailed it. And your boss attended as well so he is going to love it too. Then the message comes up in the group chat. ‘I think you forgot to close a tab in your browser, man’. Your eye scans the top of the browser that you’ve been sharing with your entire work divi­sion. “Busty babes XXX”. I hear Star­bucks is hiring. Career change anyone?

2. Sloth

7 Sins - Sloth

Today is the day of that big online meeting you’ve been waiting for – the one where you’ll finally get the chance to make your pitch. You’re working from home today and you thought you’d nap and get up just in time to go over the mate­rial you’ll be covering later on. But it’s so warm and cozy under­neath your sheets. You could stay there forever. You don’t even realize when you doze off and by the time you wake up it’s a quarter to six. You’ve missed the meeting. You know, the one to fina­lize the BIG account.

3. Wrath

Your meeting parti­ci­pants are chat­ting during your meeting. You know it. Those jerks! Why don’t they pay atten­tion and watch how a profes­sional does it? Your mouse hovers over the icon before landing on their name. Suddenly your fingers are flying across your keyboard and you’re typing out a scathing message to those chatty Cathies. Ha! That will show them! But wait. It wasn’t your chatty colleagues that got the message. It was your boss and you just called him a “waste of space and good for nothing office gossip.”

4. Envy

You’re listening to the office butt-kisser Tim give another online presen­ta­tion for the third time this month. What does he have that you don’t? He’s sharing his screen and his desktop is tidy and profes­sional. He was the one who suggested swit­ching to Mikogo in the first place. He is just full of great ideas isn’t he? After the meeting you go up to your super­visor and let him know you have just as many good ideas as butt-kisser Tim. He gives you a funny look and you head back to your office to check your emails. Then you see it. The email which your super­visor sent you yesterday. He wants you to work with Tim on the next big project. He thanked you for your “pati­ence” and said you’re “a plea­sure to work with”. Think Tim will find you a plea­sure to work with?

5. Pride

7 Sins - Pride

You are just the best, aren’t you? You give the best online meetings, have the best ideas, bring in the biggest clients. You prac­ti­cally run this place. It would be a good idea to double check that your Power­Point presen­ta­tion is in order but why bother? It’s a waste of time because you’re invin­cible! And now it’s time to get started with the meeting. Your parti­ci­pants join. Let’s do this! Now open your presen­ta­tion file for all to see… wait, what? Your presen­ta­tion didn’t save and all you have is a single Power­Point slide titled “Slide 1[Insert title]”. What’s that famous expres­sion again? “The bigger they are, the harder they fall” – ouch!

6. Greed

7 Sins - Greed

The new guy Dan has been stealing your accounts since he got here. The ones you worked so hard to land. You start to hoard all your work and refuse to ask for help because you want all the reco­gni­tion. You’re over­worked and flus­tered but it’ll be worth it – this will show Dan! And you’re on time for that online meeting. You open the presen­ta­tion on your desktop enti­tled “Hansen’s Diapers” and proceed to give a 30 minute presen­ta­tion on diapers. But it’s the wrong client. This client is a soft­ware company. Whoops. Well… who knows, maybe they’re inte­rested in diapers… How badly do you want to make that sale?

7. Gluttony

It’s Carol in accounting’s birthday today. She brought in cake. Ever­yone takes a slice. You take 4. Your presen­ta­tion is in 10 minutes and you’re in the bathroom thro­wing up frosty pink cake. It was too much. It was all too much. Must… have… revenge… Carol!!

Time to Share!
What’s your most cringe-tastic online meeting or office story? Did you seek revenge on Carol as well? Perhaps by burying their office supplies in jell‑o? Ever had one too many drinks at an office party? Tell us about it by leaving a comment below!

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