5:40pm // IAH Terminal D
I flew to Houston, via Dallas by way of Nashville and Pittsburgh today: four planes in one day. I flew to Houston for a meeting that I thought had loads of potential. An hour in, I realized it was going to fall wildly short of my expectations and what I spent on airfare. My Wednesday, hijacked by the best of intentions. Sound familiar? We, meaning all of us in that meeting, sat there trying not to check our phones every five minutes and stifling yawns as the meeting agenda was reviewed for the fourth time. I know for a fact one of my coworkers was missing her son’s qualifying swim meet, and another was missing her wife’s birthday, and although I don’t have kids or a wife, my ever-lengthening “to do” list could have used this day.
Don’t get me wrong, conference calls are not the answer, but is there a third option?
In this age of crowd-sourced living, isn’t it time we crowd-sourced meetings? Shouldn’t there be a collective site where people from all industries can post meetings for which they need representation, and do not currently have resources allocated for said representation, or better yet do not currently have the emotional bandwidth for said representation? Those with slow part-time jobs or time to kill could use this as a resume builder, as a way to gain experience without the pesky responsibility of a 9-5. How many of us have wasted hours and days sitting like veal in meeting rooms while our actual work piles up? Am I onto something here? Is this win-win?
Crowd-source those banal meetings that are required, but add no value to our actual jobs, and in return we enrich a work-force and strengthen the proverbial bench! Lorraine Twohill, call me.
Journey on, Janes. 📱