Ever since the Blackberry invaded corporate meeting rooms, they and their successors have been an annoying distraction. Setting policies around use of devices, collecting them at the door, and other measures have tried to curb the effects of these devices. We’ve tried to stop attention from waning over the course of a discussion, from dissipating away from the matter at hand. But perhaps we’re treating the symptom instead of the problem.
When you’re in the presence of a good speaker doing a great talk, you’ll notice that nobody is checking smartphones. Heads are up and facing forward, focused on what’s happening right here, right now, in this room, in this moment. That’s the unique ability a live meeting offers – a chance to connect, to captivate, to gather and unleash energy.
Figuring out how to engage minds and focus energy and attention in this way isn’t easy, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor.
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