During a recent workation to Vancouver, British Columbia, I noticed something happened which seemed to be very odd. For our group, we would get together at least once per day for a meal. When we got together, we would re-live our adventures of yesterday and plan out the current or next day. There was always a time when all 4 of us would be on our phones, finding out what was happening on social media.
From the growth of social media, are we actually losing the ability to be social? During our period of ‘social networking’ we would all be silent when there was someone we know in front of us who would be accepting of being social IRL (In Real Life).
Social media is not going away, but how can we deal with events like these? I believe we could help each other by:
Having a Checker: In this circumstance, this person would be responsible for checking the social media sites to items pertaining to the discussion so everyone doesn’t have to be on their phones looking.
Putting It Away: We have voicemail, email, and text on our phones. If it is not answered right away, it is okay. Those tools are there for a simple reason, to help us communicate.
Downloading an app: There are apps on the market right now that can send message to people when you are driving, in a meeting, or having lunch with someone. The person trying to reach you will understand if you can’t get back to them right away.
Having Self-Control: I have gotten into the habit of placing my phone in Bedside Mode where it doesn’t vibrate or send out any signal. I keep my phone in my pocket and focus on building that real relationship with the person in front of me.
Paying attention to the person in front of you can go a long way. Social media is great for developing relationships, but the face-to-face meetings help to solidify the relationship between the two of you. There are certain things that can’t be communicated by phone, but only in person.
What are your feelings about people texting and tweeting while meeting with you? How do you deal with it?
Have an awesome week.
Kevin MacDonald is the CEO of L6S Business Consulting Inc. L6S offers services in management consulting, Controller and CFO contracting, and lean management with either project work or teaching/mentoring of staff. Kevin holds his CMA accounting designation along with a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.
Kevin is active in the community by volunteering for different groups, his condo board and donates platelets at the Canadian Blood Services clinics on a bi-weekly basis.