Brilliant! This is so accurate, I can’t even handle it. Watch the video and I’m sure you can relate. By the way, I literally start all of mine with, “Thank you all for your time. Today, I’m prepared to speak to you about …” I realize now how silly and unnatural this sounds.
The best is when people join late (ahem, me sometimes) and then the terrible echo, dogs barking, background noise, “Um … we’re hearing some background noise, can someone mute their line, please” – is a standard comment made on our Starwood calls.