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If she is looking over your shoulder at a room full of potentially more interesting people, she is ill-mannered. If, however, she is not looking over your shoulder, but into a smartphone in her hand, she is not only well within modern social norms, but is also a wired, well-put-together person.
Obviously, I’m not well-put-together.
Meet me and you’ll know instantly that I am the proud possessor of antique manners, as opposed to the digital kind.
- I pay attention to people while talking with them, as opposed to scanning the room for someone more interesting, i.e., useful.
- I really listen to what they are saying.
- I don’t text as we talk.
- I don’t check email, make dinner reservations, surf, etc. during our conversation.
This is as true when I talk on the phone as when I attend a networking event or social function.
The body of brain research that proves the only thing multitasking achieves is to make you incompetent grows daily.
It’s just not how our brains were built.
My ‘old-fashion’ focus has many benefits chief of which is people remember me weeks, months and even years later when all we had was a 30 second conversation.
Think about it.
When was the last time that someone gave you their completely undivided attention for 30 seconds or longer?
When was the last time you gave someone yours?
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