Recently, I attended a marvelous meeting where a number of
innovative products were on display and entrepreneurial
ventures spoke about their businesses. In addition to meeting
a number of members there, we offered a workshop on
the topic of committed networking .
In the mud cards following the session we captured a number
of valuable comments that I forwarded to the society staff
to know what audience members felt. In addition, some
cards asked other questions. [For more information see
One person asked:
Using a cell phone as an “idea notebook”, I am
concerned that it appears that I am viewing or
playing on my phone and not paying attention.
What should I do?
This is quite common these days with many people “addicted to
their cellular devices.” In fact, I have seen comments about
“digital prophylactics” where meeting members hang up their
devices to avoid distraction.
iPads seem to be less effective since it is not efficient for
In one recent meeting, I commented that it was a distraction
for me to see people texting on their cell phones. Only to
find out he was taking notes….
I promptly apologized.
This brings up the point. Consider, if you plan to text into
your cellular device notes, telling the presenter, host or
coordinator that your are texting your notes.
Generally, it is considered bad form to use computers
or cellular devices in meetings. I sense this is only slowly
changing. So tell people if you are taking notes.
They are used to people using paper and pen…