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I had to attend a call from my boss when my breakfast was ready on the table.
The food was so inviting that I started munching it by the side when the call was just on.
My boss usually talks big sentences in a stretch. I get enough time to do more munches
But more often he started looking for my opinion in middle, when I was actually having mouth full of food. My speech was visibly slurred a bit.
I was replying like "Yeaouuh I haavv donne it" with food still getting chewed.
I wanted to pause a bit and say "Boss, I'm having my breakfast by the side, if you don't mind", but the call went so swift that I got no chance to say this.
I waited waited waited. Couldnt help. Okay, finally when I was about to say that,
My boss said "Thenn, Whhenn aare weee sttarrting the nexxt modduleee".
Realized he's just started having his breakfast too. That was quite a funny moment. I almost laughed out loud.
Surprisingly, they can be a very good idea. Not a long one, but I always held a "pre-meeting meeting" if we were meeting suppliers (and some customers) to make sure that everybody from "our side" is onboard with what we want to achieve, and what they are to bring to the meeting (in terms of both roles and supporting materials). It can really damage negotiations if one of your own starts making concessions that the company can't accept or starts saying stuff is easier or harder to do than you have been discussing.
Five, ten, maybe up to thirty minutes just to get everyone on the same page. Makes you look a lot more focussed and professional as well when the "real" meeting starts.
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I do it too when meeting (potential) customers.
Imagine the customer asking "what do you think it'll cost?" and multiple people saying different things at the same time
Luckily, I haven't been in that particular situation, but I have been in the situation where we had to be like "well, you know, I/he mean(s) ..." or just shutting up to not contradict a coworker who just said something that most likely isn't true.
If those things are happening it is an indication that either some people do not fully understand their role or they haven't had it clearly defined for them. I think it is best when only certain people are designated to comment on those topics for exactly those reasons.
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I am often on long calls in an evening and my dinner isn't ready at the start of the call; so I am used to eating whilst in meetings. I have found that the best plan is to only take small mouthfuls. Then, if you are expected to reply, you can just swallow what is in your mouth. If you have something noisy to eat, e.g. a crunchy apple, use the mute button but don't forget to unmute before speaking but after swallowing.