• Suman Shrivastav

Conferences Unplugged: The 7 Basic Emotions At A Conference

Updated: Nov 12, 2021




Anger


At the long questions from the audience


At the long queues in the bathroom

At the small font sizes on the slides


At finding there’s no way out when a loo break is needed At your name being spelt wrong on your ID card


When the phone battery goes dead and you can’t tweet



Contempt


For the notes takers


For the front benchers


For the over dressed girl


For the fake accents


For the ones who don’t keep the phones on silent


For the over enthusiastic i-am-a-questionnaire person



Fear


Of long boring presentations


Of not getting place in the back rows


Of eye contact with the speaker when he is asking questions


Of being caught sleeping during a post lunch session


Of meeting someone whose request you have been ignoring on Linkedin



Disgust


At the poor goodies bag


At the guy who eats all the mints in the bowl


At the credentials presentations from the podium


At someone taking your chair when you went to the loo


At people burping (and worse) after the lunch break


At a tall man occupying the seat in front during an interesting presentation



Happiness


At the free booze


At the end of the session


At bunking sessions for a reunion with old friends At finding an empty seat when getting in late


At getting a seat next to a lovely lady



Sadness


At going back to work


When all the cream biscuits are gone from the coffee counter



Surprise


At the delegate fee


When you turn up in jeans and find everyone else in suits When the morning session starts on time


At the number (or lack thereof) of people attending a session That people still call you ‘baldy’ even after a new hair transplant




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