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further to that ongoing debate about people using their phones during training workshops


8 Responses

  1. what is worrying is….

    "What McCain did wasn't so bad, Gwyther argues. If you understand the arguments in a meeting and have made your mind up, then "why not keep your brain sharp with a game of poker?"

    This from the Editor of Management Today……but isn't the point of a meeting to LISTEN to the argument BEFORE making your mind up…..if it is acceptable for decision-makers to vote without hearing the arguments then we are accepting all manner of preconceived biases and perceptions.


  2. This is EXACTLY what I said

    This is EXACTLY what I said to my husband the other evening when it became clear that some MPs turned up for the Syria vote, without having listened to the debate that preceded it. Surely the purpose of debates is to influence and persuade – I wonder why we bother to have them in the House if MPs are just going to turn up and vote along Party line (or not!!). Shows they have already made up their minds just as the Editor of Management Today says.


  3. On the other hand …

    I used to work with someone and I noticed that they were continually tapping at their phone keyboard during meetings. I pointed out how rude it was and he said that he was using his phone to take notes.

    In which case, I told him to tell people he was going to be doing that at the beginning of the meeting so that other attendees knew.

    We wouldn't make any comment if we saw someone using pen and paper to take notes, or think they were rude so I guess we have to keep an open mind as long as it's made clear from the outset.

  4. Phones in meetings

    If someone is using a phone for anything other than taking notes in a meeting, I would question why they are there. And they certainly should.

    Isn't it completely fine to ask why you've been invited if you have no actual contribution to make?

    One of the reasons we take minutes is to circulate information to people not involved in the decision making process of the meeting, who simply need to be kept informed.


  5. Rude.

    I have always taken the line that using your phone during a workshop or meeting is unacceptable unless you have explained your reasons beforehand (and they're good reasons!).

    If a "no phones" policy is explained at the beginning by the facilitator and nobody has asked for a special exclusion, attendees should expect to be ticked off for not following the code of conduct.

    Using your phone to take notes is a good idea but possibly open to abuse. Perhaps the tech-savvy delegate could be given email addresses for everyone and asked to circulate these notes after the session?




  6. Using your cellphones while

    Using your cellphones while having an important meeting or any kind of corporate and academic workshops sounds like inappropriate sometimes. You can't concentrate to your work and so if you are having some important discussion you even can't pay an attention and that makes a negative impact on you professional attitude.


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  7. Using your phone

    for a call would be pushing the boundaries but smartphones now offer more than the ability to just talk and send text messages.

    I use Evernote for notes and photos in meetings. I take photos of documents and slides and Evernote can make the document searchable by text within the photo – I find it easier to collect notes that way.

    I use Mindjet Maps to make mind maps and call up meeting papers in my sector with the app. I don't print meeting papers – I move them to the cloud and read them from a device.

    I like a number of online collaboration apps and sites – is a great way for people to collaborate from a number of places and I can share ideas from a physical meeting online immediately. People unable to attend can also dial in via Skype.

    My phone has a voice recorder – great for recording important points and summaries.

    But looking at it is rude? To me it's essential.


  8. Using Mobile Phones

    I train students. When we commence a course I tell the students that they can have their phones on the table, on silent. I understand that they have commitments outside of my classroom. They can take calls if they are urgent, but they must take the phone outside the classroom with no apology, just do it.

    Having the phones out in the open means that students don't continually look down under the table and takes away the temptation to be on social media. They understand that they can take real calls that they feel are necessary, no questions asked.

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