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What if the annoyances of conference calls happened in real-life meetings. Painfully accurate…and hilarious

Jan 23, 2014 By Joey

The latest video from Tripp and Tyler depicts everyone in every conference call you’ve been a part of as if they were that way in an actual face-to-face meeting.

There’s 5-minutes-late guy, dog-barking-in-home-office guy, static-reception guy, and more…

(via Tastefully Offensive)

Share this with your work friends and commiserate together…


  1. Diane Emory says:

    You forgot one thing — the crying baby and/or the screaming kids in the background (people, mostly women, working from home).

  2. bob says:

    You could add two more:
    1.) The guy that is in the car with the wonderful road noise that you can make out well but somehow the guy in the car you can’t hear at all.
    2.) The person who goes to the bathroom AND flushes the toilet and is clueless !

    1. bayhuntr says:

      Along the same line… The guy who’s driving and forgets for a second he’s on a call… “Watch out ass hole!” From Sadly, from experience.

  3. Deb says:

    And let’s not forget the two attendees that you hear typing that are instant messaging each other complaining about the meeting.

  4. Tod says:

    Actually had a call once where one of the key attendees was working from home, because he had contractors installing a new hardwood floor. Constant construction noise every time he unmuted to speak.

  5. Chad says:

    This is great! So accurate. However, it is missing the person that says something offensive about someone else in the meeting and then realizes they are not on mute…oops!

  6. Maryann says:

    You forgot to ask somebody a question using their name like “Judy, Can you help with that statistic” and they say “Sorry, I was multi-tasking, what were you looking for”…. One of my pet peeves, yet seems to happen about once a meeting….

  7. Donna Beals says:

    Hilarious, but unfortunately so truthful. In conference calls, real life tends to interfere and attendees lose the true value of what we have to say. This demonstrates that perfectly.

  8. David says:

    Great video, Unfortunately, you missed me. I was the guy playing golf while on the conference call because everyone else works Monday-Friday and I didn’t.

  9. Claudio says:

    Just for the ones who use this to take down web meetings:
    Don’t forget the benefits of not flying everyone in the same room(if/when actually needed),
    or even worse move, maybe with your family, to another city to be close to the office.
    With good attitude you can get the best out of everything, choosing time by time the right solution.

  10. Nat says:

    My biggest irritant is people who don’t let others talk, and who take advantage of people who are too polite to interrupt, to keep talking and talking and talking!

  11. Eric says:

    This is very good and I agree with the “missing” items.

    My add-on would be the person in their pajamas / taking the call on the toilet / in the shower.

  12. Rebecca says:

    Accurate right down to the privileged white guys taking it for granted that the sole woman in the conference room would be the one to write up the meeting minutes.

  13. Marco says:

    99.9 % of the conference calls and meetings are totally pointless but few (or no one) has the courage to admit it.

  14. Willy says:

    yeah yeah it is accurate and funny but what solutions are out there to avoid this terrible problems for online conferences?

  15. James says:

    I totally lost it at the part “Everyone can see my screen? We’re all using Mac’s, right?” Then the older guy is like “How…do you….” as he’s looking at his laptop. So funny! What makes this so funny is how dead on it is. It’s a good reminder to have good etiquette on conf calls. I have to say I’ve been guilty of a couple of these myself.

  16. Gaijin says:

    Or what about the guy that has his microphone set really high, and you jump to pull the earphone out every time he speaks….

  17. Rebecca says:

    This is great! I’d like to send this to everyone attending any upcoming conference calls I am about to attend as a little reminder of conference call etiquette.
    Only thing I would add… the person who is having an entire conversation on another phone without muting their conference call phone. Everyone puts up with it for a while until about five people chime in and not-so-politely ask the idiot to hit *6!

  18. Le Dude says:

    Another one: during the call you go on Facebook out of boredom, and you see one of the people with whom you’re calling post “God conference calls are annoying!”. Obviously, you Like immediately.

    1. Alejandro Val Verde says:

      And that’s exactly why I would never “friend” any of my coworkers on Facebook. There’s Linkedin for that.

  19. bill says:

    The paper rustler…. there is always some schmoe on the call that doensn’t understand that his iPhone is on speaker 2 inches away from the pile of paper he is crumpling up…. for 10 minutes straight..

  20. BA says:

    Similar to the paper rustler.. we do webx training at lunch and someone close to the mic always has a bag of chips.

  21. Col says:

    That’s brilliant. Shared many times for my colleagues… Missing for me are the late chairperson and everyone fiddling with the tech to make it work. Translated into them all standing outside with music playing waiting for the chairperson to come and open the door; people fiddling with their chairs and laptops, or standing watching the [tech] guy waggling the key to eventually get the door to open.

  22. Sly says:

    My favorite is when people in cubicles 15 feet away from each other join the same conference call using speakerphones so the whole office can hear it in stereo. Ahh…cube farms!

  23. Fairy says:

    How about when you IM someone in the meeting something that isn’t all that kind about someone else in the meeting, and then that person shares their screen without first ending the IM session? GREAT.

  24. Dr. C says:

    We always had a guy who was using a headset and you could hear him breathing through the call… Darth Vader-esque

  25. Keith says:

    Great video! While not intended in a humorous way another great video I came across which also points out the silliness of corporate tech solutions is one which calls out the quality of corporate training. I’m sure the guys that did the conference call video could do something similar around the nature of corporate training. It’s here http://youtu.be/jbYrZBrzSM0

  26. Scott says:

    Hey comments people, none of you extra annoyances are funny. Please stop embarrassing yourselves. You’re not funny, quick, or savvy. “Hey you forgot the guy who brings common sense to the conference call”. No, I’m here.

  27. Cher says:

    What about the 5 alarm fire that always happens to occur during the call…nothing quite like talking around sirens.

  28. Cher says:

    Oh, and “the leader has not yet arrived” music music music advertisement for xyz conferencing music music music “the leader has not yet arrived” music music music…

  29. RU4Real says:

    Working for a large company and with all of my meetings taking place over the phone, this video is so spot on. Every time I watch it I get tears in my eyes from laughing so hard.

    – I love the people talking over one another
    – The people who always have a problem connecting to the meeting
    – The background noise (crunching of papers, barking dogs, kids)

    Some of the other virtual meeting annoyances I have come across:

    – The headset too far away from the mouth so nobody can hear you person
    – The one person who puts you on hold causing everyone to have to listen to background music
    – The person talking to a cube neighbor and forgetting they are not on mute
    – The eating lunch at my desk person
    – The person on the cell phone walking outside on a windy day (not muted)
    – The dead silence when the speaker is finished and asks if anyone has questions
    – The moderator giving instructions for “press 1 on your keypad to ask a question.”

    But this video did a great job at capturing the popular annoyances that come with conference calls. Good stuff and spot on!

  30. Julie says:

    THE very next time I am in a meeting, I am going to play this! This was spot on! Comments added the missing elements. The only thing I didn’t see was the addition of the two people in the office who constantly are having a side discussion, and then need to be “caught up” on what was being discussed!

    It takes so much effort to make these work… but I thank heaven for the ability to work from home!

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