Do You Have Digital Meetings?

Do You Have Digital Meetings?

What I mean is, when you meet with others, are there digital devices involved? Are there laptops, phones and tablets on the table with people “typing” away on their phones and keyboards? As I visit organizations, I see that the use of digital devices in meetings really depends on the organization culture. Some organizations are digital oriented, others focus on short meetings with updates and actionable items while other have meeting that are so slow and boring that if people could not use their device, they’d fall asleep.

J.R. Atkins comments on devices in meetings

I also see this as the clashing of two cultures, a digital oriented culture and a non-digitally oriented culture. Have you heard about the lady that thought the associate pastor was surfing the web during church when he was actually reading the Bible online? There all kinds of issues that arise. We ask ourselves “are they paying attention to me?” Yet others are less sensitive, and they think “sure, go ahead and tweet while we are talking.”

My associate who specializes in Culture Building says we, as a group or a company, get to choose and build the digital culture of our organizations. We should reach an agreement as to the level of digital device use during our meetings. talking. I’m ok with that.”

What do you see in your organization? Can you use a device in your meeting? Is your organization wrestling with how to deal with devices in your meetings?J.R. Atkins address the use of devices in meetings

I look forward to hearing from you by phone, email, or blog.

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Des Moore

July 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Hi J.R.

Working as a Microsoft Lync Specialist, my whole day is a series of digital meetings via IM, PC to PC audio/video chat, WebConferencing with collaboration and file sharing as well as VOIP calls via SIP trunking. I can go from an email to a video chat in one click.


Des Moore

July 30, 2013 at 5:03 pm

I should alos add that my “phone” is my laptop no matter where I am. As long as I have an Internet connection (hotel/airport/Starbucks wifi) I am totally logged in without need of a VPN. LYNC Rocks! And it is also on my phone/tablet

Shawn Foster, ChFC

July 31, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Good topic J.R.

We meet as a group only once per month and try to be discipline about NOT texting, posting or tweeting or reading emails during that hour.

On occasion one of us will look at an incoming text and “explain” that it is a family member. But we respect the time and one another too much to get distracted by anything except emergencies during that time.

On the other hand-wholesalers get some respect but not as much if they have been here 10 times with same story. Haha!

Shawn H. Foster, ChFC


July 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Hey Shawn, I like the connection between meeting frequency and no devices. I firmly believe that when the topic is engaging, so are the meeting participants.

Sharon Roubinek

August 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

Nope, I would never allow devices to be used during my meetings, nor would I be rude enough to use a device in a meeting with others. If I schedule time to meet with someone, I will give them my full attention. I would hope they would do the same.

J.R. Atkins

August 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

Thank you for the comment Sharron, I find a good percentage of people operate like yourself. The challenge I see is when one set of digital “norms” clash with another set of digital “norms”, almost like people speaking different languages, communication breaks down.

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