Meetings: Frustrating facilitators and annoying attendees

Story highlightsCountless conference room characters can derail almost any gatheringDon't be the meek moderator or the lunch break obliteratorRather than checking your smartphone, engage with others in your meetingAll meetings are good in theory. But as every worker knows, few live up to their potential: A leader who distributes a poorly crafted agenda, a colleague who dominates the conversation, a participant who struggles with the projector for 15 minutes while everyone else checks their watches. These and countless other conference room characters can derail almost any gathering.

Here are seven of the biggest meeting offenders, along with advice you can use to avoid becoming one yo