Recognize these meeting behaviors?
- Half-listening at best on a teleconference, while you are working away on email and checking something else. “What? Oh, I was on mute. Um, what was the question again?”
- Every thumb in the room is moving.
- You travel to a location to participate in meetings, only to find that people aren’t fully engaged with you – they’re spending 3/4 of their time pecking away on their laptops.
- Many side conversations – either in person or via instant messaging.
We’re too accommodating of our addictions to work on our electronic devices in meetings. I know the email onslaught is dreadful, but seriously, we’re far too accepting of this “check the smartphone” behavior. It may be common, but it is rude.
The curse of our technological age is that it amplifies our preference to be everywhere else but where we are.