I’m here at the Blog Business Summit in Seattle and it’s a very interesting event with a terrific group of both top bloggers and people and companies coming up the learning curve. Smart, professional and all busy making a sound that I can only liken to the pitter-pat of rain gently falling on a rooftop as everyone earnestly types notes into their laptops.
But here’s what I don’t understand: every 5-10 minutes the speaker is interrupted with a cell phone ringing, a computer chiming, a BlackBerry being adjusted, or even someone playing a video — with sound! — on their laptop.
What the heck?
I’m pretty aware of cellphone features and don’t know of a single phone that lacks a mute or vibrate or off button. Yet while the majority of attendees in this room seem to have realized how to use this most basic of phone functions, there are too many that don’t. Frankly, one person is too many in a group of any size.
Solution: if you can’t mute your phone, turn it off.
It’s not just cellphones, though, it’s computers too.
I realize that some computers make it tough for you to turn off the startup chime, etc, but really, you should learn how to do this on your system. On many computers (notably Apple Mac laptops) you can just mute the audio on the computer and when you restart, it’ll be mute.
Look, I’ll even offer up a link if you’re stuck in Windows XP and finding it just a bit puzzling to figure out: Disable Your Windows Startup Sound.
One more gripe while I’m complaining about audiences: if you get a phone call, answer it, whisper “just a sec”, then quickly walk out of the room before you talk with them.
Yesterday I was amazed that a chap three rows behind me had a two or three minute phone conversation in the conference room during a session. What the heck?
Anyway, I feel better now. 🙂