We all know what that feels like. We find ourselves in a meeting that we don’t need…or there is a segment where the information doesn’t apply. BUT…
A few weeks ago I was furiously taking notes during a business presentation and looked up from my computer…only to realize that over half the people around me were checking email, social media, or something electronic that clearly was unrelated to the presentation. I was so furious at the lack of consideration that I almost stood up to interrupt the meeting.
I managed to keep quiet…but am still wondering how we have become so inconsiderate that we just “tune out” when something is boring or doesn’t apply to us.
A speaker should either see me:
- Starring at him/her with rapt attention, or
- Fully absorbed in note-taking activities (paper or electronic)
But anything else is purely disrespectful. Please don’t lie to yourself about trying to be “productive”. It’s just rude.
The next time you get bored in a meeting, your options are:
- Give the speaker your undivided attention
- Sit patiently until the meeting is over
- Get up and leave the room
Thanks for listening.