Laptops, be gone!

by Lee Hopkins on September 8, 2007 · 2 comments

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 laptop-meeting

Rands

waxes lyrical about laptops and meetings.

Need to bring your laptop to a meeting? Think again…

As he says,

What are the things you are supposed to do to make a successful meeting? First hand: “Make sure everyone closes their laptop.” Yes. Full agreement from me. If you’re sitting in my meeting and your laptop is open, I promise, I swear — you are giving me half of your attention. Maybe less.

A bunch of people sitting in a meeting, staring at their laptops, is a fat meeting. The people sitting at their laptops have no incentive to change a thing because they’re lost in whatever has captured their interest on their laptops. This is a lazy meeting full of people who are ignoring the most important question: “How do we figure out how to never have this meeting again?” Even worse, an organization that lets this meeting exist is a rotting organization. It’s a company where it’s slowly becoming acceptable to sit there and do nothing.

I feel the same about live blogging: bring a laptop to a workshop I run and you had better have a good excuse/reason. As one of my favourite Jesuit priests used to say to me, ‘an explanation is not an excuse’.

  • http://www.author-izer.com/ Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with “s

    If I bring a laptop to a presentation you’re giving, it’s because I’m a compulsive taker of notes, and taking notes helps me remember things much better than if I sit passively recording. If your presentation is any good, I’m not going to be tempted to check my e-mail, even if there’s wi-fi access.

    In a small meeting,though,one person can take notes if they’re needed, and otherwise the only reason to bring a laptop is if you’re demonstrating something with it.

  • http://www.author-izer.com Sallie Goetsch (rhymes with “sketch”)

    If I bring a laptop to a presentation you’re giving, it’s because I’m a compulsive taker of notes, and taking notes helps me remember things much better than if I sit passively recording. If your presentation is any good, I’m not going to be tempted to check my e-mail, even if there’s wi-fi access.

    In a small meeting,though,one person can take notes if they’re needed, and otherwise the only reason to bring a laptop is if you’re demonstrating something with it.

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