-if you're the presenter, be sure your own laptop is in "presentation mode," to avoid getting instant messages for meeting participants, as in this embarrassing example in the article.He also notes that "our senior management sets a good example in this regard. In meetings, I don’t see Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer doing e-mail — they’re actively engaged, and listening and asking questions." For those of you attending meetings, check out Microsoft's own suggestions around bringing laptops to meetings. Your presenter will thank you.
-walk around the room to glance at screens of laptop users and decide whether they are topic-related. Then decide: Will you ask people to stop using laptops? Designate a notetaker? Better yet, set the ground rules before the meeting starts.
-ask questions of the attendees, to keep them engaged in the meeting.
Monday, August 27, 2007
A Microsoft executive spills the beans in yesterday's New York Times about attendees who bring laptops to meetings, detailing the habits of the plugged-in and offering some cautionary tales for speakers and presenters. Among his insights: