The client told us that the meeting was “all over the place”. Is this a good thing?
Typically, this is not a compliment. When an American (or an English speaking Westerner) would say something is ‘all over the place’, they are communicating that they can’t find order, logical thought, or process in what is being done. To find out about what is wrong, it’s appropriate to ask indirect questions that blame you or your team for the miscommunication like:
For more about this idiom, listen to Jennifer’s thoughts in the video tutorial below.
“Some ideas sounded good, but they were all over the map—community projects, promotion ideas, requests for Olympic athlete appearances, Olympic pins, and creating Coca-Cola Olympic merchandise.” (source: Marketing in the Digital Age, by Eric Schulz)