I came out of a 2-hour meeting today, thoroughly exhausted. The reason being that I was doing the talking for most of the two hours non-stop. I was told to give a short half-hour presentation thing, the same one that I have been giving to a number of other groups. It usually involves me talking for about 5-15 minutes and then a short discussion for about 15-30 minutes or so. I have done this a number of times and it is not an issue.
However, I have also done this talk with this group of people for a number of times – each round dragging on longer than the last.This 2-hour meeting must be a record somewhere. Even our CTO commented that their budget meetings dealing with billions, do not take as long as our little problem. The problem is that some people are either too dumb or too lazy to do their work. I sincerely hope that it is the latter.
After about 90 minutes, I was seriously exhausted. So, I told everyone in the room and apologised because I may start blabbering away since my brains were already mush. But the meeting wasn’t a whole waste. I ended up drawing three fairly nice diagrams. I really liked one of them.
I have spent more than 12 years of my life teaching. I have taught all kinds of students including some really bad apples. Many hundreds of students have passed through my hands. However, this is the first time that I have had to face this brand of stupidity.
I have always said – I do not suffer fools.