I have to go to bed soon, but I wanted to quick note a challenge that I faced in my diligent note-taking that surprised me.
I was at a presentation at which laptops were provided because part of the agenda was to have us explore a particular online course. I decided to just use that computer for my notes instead of the one I brought.
So I popped it open and started myself a word document. I happily took notes for a few minutes, then we did an interactive activity. When we came back and were regrouping, I opened up the laptop to get ready to take more notes. The presenter came over and very kindly and with no edge at all asked me to keep it closed because they were going to start again.
When I said I was using it to take notes, she thought for a beat or two and then said ok. I kept it closed anyway though. I thought that despite whatever assumptions she had made about what I was doing on the computer that she treated me with respect, and the best way I could think to repay that respect was to not be on the computer while she was talking.
But as a result, my notes are less detailed and much less accessible to me. I’ll need to spend some time keying them in.
Is this a common phenomenon? And how do you feel when you’re presenting to people while they are actively using laptops?