Corporate meetings

Have you ever started a posting, set up the title, then never wound up writing anything?  Okay, perhaps I’m alone on that one.  I think the title was there to either mock corporate meetings, or to discuss how easy it is to blog during corporate meetings.  Of course, if you’re writing about the meeting, that’s even better…but I don’t think that was the case for this.  Either way, I am on a conference call and yet find myself here.  Is there really efficiency gained with conference calls?  I realize it is much better financially to not travel and easier on keeping your carbon footprint small without burning fossil fuels (never mind using electricity, poluting the air with breathing, etc.).  However, I know most of us do not put 100% of our attention into calls like this.  For every person on the phone asking a question, there is someone on the line who has to have the question repeated once they realize it was directed at them.  “I’m sorry, could you repeat the question…” is really a way of saying, “I was totally drifting out, or checking my email, or checking the scores and not paying attention.”  Of course, even when we’re face to face, how many are spending time checking their blackberry devices for email?  Really, your email is that important?  You have to answer that now, versus waiting five or ten minutes until I’m done speaking?  Not to mention that people love stepping into your office while you’re on a call and then talk to you for five minutes before saying, “oops, I didn’t realize you were on a call.” 

Of course, I’ve been venturing into Second Life for the past 9 months.  Armed with a work avatar and a personal avatar, I have seen things, man.  I’ve seen things and done stuff.  Things like virtual buildings and stuff like flying.  Yeah, it’s a real adventure out there.  Truthfully, we have been meeting once a week on our work island to have discussions and brainstorm.  It’s not a bad venue and has certainly brought people together who never would have met otherwise; but is that all there is?  I know you can buy and sell there, but the main commerce is clothing, ironic when you can really make your own, if you have the patience that is. 



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