This is an ex-coworker that I haven't talked to since he left. When he was here he tended to speak rather loudly and with a very abrasive tone to his voice. Add to that the fact that this software developer treated the System and Database Admins like they were the hired help and you begin to understand why few people were willing to work with him. He would walk up to one of the SAs or DBAs and expect whatever issue he had to be their top priority and would get an attitude with them if they even hinted that they had something more important to do (which they often did). It got so bad that one day one of the DBAs came very close to punching the guy and after that I was appointed the go-between so that he would have no interaction with anyone outside of the software group.
Luckily he quit soon thereafter and it was like a huge weight was lifted from entire team, meetings went smoother, the project moved faster, etc.
I have a coworker who includes, in every document, a nearly blank first page that only reades "Please do your part for the environment and don't print this document unless necessary." When she handed out a 3 page document in a meeting, this was page 1. I happily framed this first page of my copy for the wall in my office, complete with staple holes and corner fold.
Former coworker. Constant Interrupter or Overtalker. This dude also has a blinking problem. Blinking Overtalker? He blinks his eyes sporadically and probably at a frequency ten times greater than the norm, whatever that is. He's the guy who rambles in monotone, so he never grants you a voice pitch change or logical ending to cue you in on when it's your turn to speak. I found out that with this guy, it's NEVER your turn to speak. Overpowering him is pointless because he'll only let you get about 2 or 3 words out before he launches in right over top of you again (calm, constant monotone), all the while blinking away. Blink blink blink. I've experimented with him. I've tried to see how long I could speak simultaneously with him before he would give up and give me a turn. It takes about two full sentences worth before he becomes socially uncomfortable enough to stop speaking. The funny thing is that I've called him on this before. As in, "Hey Mike, why do you constantly interrupt everyone and never let anyone else speak?" His answer was awesome, "What's the matter - can't you speak and listen at the same time? I can."
The Embellisher. Different for me than The Topper. This is the type of person who is afraid that their argument isnâ€™t strong enough or just stating something the way that it is wonâ€™t be enough to get you to agree with them so they feel the need to embellish to strengthen their position/point.
About 10 years ago, had a colleague at work who was a department head - quite a senior person in our small organisation.
He was quite rational about other things, but was obsessed about the amount of square feet of office space that was under his control.
If ever a cabin or a room became vacant, he would get one of his guys to sit there, so that that space became effectively his. He even had one of his guys sitting with the janitor in the janitor's small room. Another was strategically placed next to the receptionist in the outer office.
Once he was ordered by the boss to vacate his present room and move his department to another room. Even though he was moving to a bigger room, he left some belongings in the cupboards of the old room, so that he could barge into the old room as and when he liked and make his presence felt.
Once when another collegue who was not in his department tried to shift into a so far empty room, he made a big fuss about how it would waste money on airconditioning, lighting etc, etc and tried his best to make him move out.
Another time he had a glass pane fitted in the wall seperating two rooms, so that he could as he put it, "control his staff much better."
He rose to a very senior level in corporate life, quite likely due to his Genghis Khan propensities.
went on a date. the chick talked alot. she was describing another date that didn't go well so she had to talk at him all night. i didn't quite supress a smirk and she saw but handled it well. just said, yes i do that alot and carried on talking.
Completely true, the last person I spoke to was on the cattle train into the city. This guy barges past me to get into the carriage so I'm all "Hey hey, what's this all about?". No reply, just a tight-lipped shake of the head. I guess I must have side-swiped him with my kitbag. There's got to be comedy mileage in very-angry-uptight-commuter-guy (or in inconsiderate-bag-swipe-guy).
I work as an investment consultant on the stock-market. The most annoying trait I encounter is not in one person but in many. Ten times a day, somebody or the other will ask me, "So, where do you think the stock market is going?"
Twenty-five years of experience has taught me there is rarely a right answer to that question. On getting a vague reply from me, some people will look at me as if I am some sort of moron and then proceed to answer their own question by giving me umpteen reasons why they feel the market should go up or down.
Being asked the question is ok. Its a sort of ice-breaker, but my then receiving a small lecture from a empty vessel in a loud voice I find totally unbearable.
Why is it that the people with the least knowledge and experience have the loudest voices and the most confidence?
[Is it my imagination or did you say the empty vessel had as much chance of predicting the stock market as you do? -- Scott]
There was this person whom I met on the bus from work to home, who drove me mad in 2 mins with the way he acknowledged you.I mean he would ask someting and when you reply he would just go mm..hmm, aa.haa..mm..hmm over and over again in the same order in quick succession, that I just lost track of what I was saying. Either my reply was extremely interesting or he didnt care to listen !! I would rather go with the second option.
And then there is this person at work who just wants to ask questions !! No, she isn't interested in your answers at all.By the time you are half way through your answer she would just jump on to a completely unrelated question !! Sample this . How was your weeekend ? Me: well, we went out on .... She : hey did you watch desperate housewives ?
It wasn't the last one I sopke to but by far the most annoying i work with. This woman seems physically incapable of sitting through a meeting without interupting other people to make her point. No matter who it is or what they're talking about, she just starts talking over them. She doesn't wait for a pause or anything, just starts talking while they're talking. which is really wierd when she's asking a question.
On the converse, she is incapable of being interrupted. If anyone dares to start talking while she is talking, her voice increases in both shrillness and volume until the potential interrupter gives up.
i wish Alice was there to plant the fist of death straight down her throat. I'd love to put duct tape over her mouth and make her sit through a 2 hour meeting unable to speak. I'm sure her head would explode.