Thank you, Marc BrownsteinIf it weren't for the pervasiveness of the problem, you'd think one would not have to point out that fiddling with your Blackberry or your laptop during a meeting is no more acceptable than sitting there reading your newspaper.
In a brief column posted at adage.com, Marc Brownstein, president of the Brownstein Group, a small marketing agency in Philadelphia, endorses the sentiment, hopefully growing, that laptops and wireless devices should be banned from meetings (except, perhaps, for a minute-taker's laptop).
Brownstein cites four benefits, though I'm sure you can think of more:
- Your colleagues no longer will ask questions that have been already asked and answered, because they are paying attention.
- Productivity will increase, because more ideas will be exchanged and problems resolved.
- Rudeness levels will sink dramatically, and respect in the workplace will soar.
- Face-to-face meetings will once again have relevance.