Meetings in the Age of Distraction

The following article was posted on the CMI Meeting-net site by Mitchell Beer on May 17th and theorizes, among other things, that technology, for all its virtues, can interfere “in the way meeting professionals organize their time, plan their on-site programs, and instill value in the face-to-face experience”.

The article begins as follows:

When President Barack Obama delivered the commencement address at Virginia’s Hampton University May 9, he raised questions about technology, communication, and thoughtful deliberation that could have profound implications for your next meeting.

Obama’s remarks on the distractions of an always-on media world set off howls of protest from the IT and social-media communities. But in his observations on the decline of clear thought, he may have inadvertently pointed to a fatal flaw in many meetings.

“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter,” he told Hampton’s graduating class. “And with iPods and iPads, and Xboxes, and PlayStations … information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment.

For the balance of this piece read through The Age of Distraction.

About N. Pompan

President, PHG, Inc.
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