[ October 10, 2006: Message edited by: Chetan Parekh ]
Originally posted by Bob Reardon:
Snoring would be worse.
Originally posted by Bhiku Mhatre:
How rude is it (In Europe and US) to yawn in the middle of meeting? How to handle it?
If you do it discreetly, while covering your mouth, and if you say "Excuse me" afterwards if you disturbed anyone by making a sound, then it's OK to do once in a while. If, on the other hand, you yawn with your mouth wide open, lean back in your chair, and stretch your arms over your head, it would definitely be considered an insult to the speaker at the time.
How to handle it? Get more sleep.
When you go to a meeting, your body is possibly shifting it's state from that of work and being busy to sitting still and listening which, according to the research, can trigger yawning. It has nothing to do with how tired you are, although when I am in a meeting, I sure do get sleepy.
Yawning is insulting if not "masked" (as EFH proposes). Your signaling
that the speaker/topic of the meeting is uninteresting and boring. Im
not saying that it's your intention - but that's how it is being percepted.
Remember to open a window and get fresh air. Remember to participate in the
discussion and bring a glass of water/cola/coffee ect to the meeting.
You could also try to get some excercise before you go into the
meeting, e.g. run up and down the stairs a few times.
the answer is not because we are tired or bored
some male animals, men included, yawn in association with
What do YOU do in meetings???