During a recent face-to-face networking presentation, I was surprised to see two people blatantly texting. Attendance was around 20 so it was easy to make eye contact and observe what people were doing.
My questions are:
• What would you have done as the presenter?
• Is each of us so important that we need to be available 24/7 even when it means tuning out the presenter whom, by attending her/his workshop, we have given permission to speak with us?
• Are courtesy and respect for someone who is speaking outdated, and by this question I include smaller, interactive conversations as well?
• Why do we place more emphasis on communicating with people other than those we are with?
You can respond to this blog or to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d like to hear from you so I can share your thoughts (anonymously, of course) and communicate what I did.