Do you remember when a cell was a biology term and the only mail you got was through the U.S. post office? Do your CDs stay at a bank or in your car CD player? Is that too dated for you if you only play MP3s? Times certainly have changed and so has business. Some of you may be kicking and screaming over the things you experience in business. It might be time to get over it.
I was at a meeting and the topic was Twitter. I’m on Twitter. You can follow me at BestatSelling. I like to post only those ideas that I think are useful for businesspeople. I’m thinking no one really cares if I fixed a wall socket this weekend (I did) and figured out the unlabeled circuit breaker switches without running back and forth from the garage to the bedroom. You can ask me how!
Do you think Twitter is a waste of time? Do you even know what Twitter is? The under 35 generation tweets and texts and does things a whole lot differently than the older generations do. Are you noticing? How are you keeping up? Some people are fighting progress every step of the way. I think that’s a mistake.
Here’s what happened. At one presentation discussing technology there were people who were tweeting while the presenter was speaking. If you don’t know what tweets are, they are the 140 character messages a person sends using the Twitter website. You aren’t making any noise (unless your phone is set to make sounds on each key entry.) So this is a quiet process where the seminar participant was probably tweeting to another participant about her experience in the seminar.
One meeting participant stood and pointed to a tweeter and said, “I think it’s rude to use your cell when the speaker is speaking.” Do you agree with the seminar cop or did you just fall off your chair?
If you’re young, you probably think the critical person is a dinosaur. If you are a bit older, you might agree with the decorum monitor. If you haven’t noticed anyone using their cell phone in a meeting, it’s time to wake up.
I was at a presentation yesterday where the presenter actually showed the tweets on the screen while she was presenting. I didn’t mind. I actually was too far back so I couldn’t read them. I wish I could have read them. I was curious what the tweets were about. You have to be a good presenter to show tweets. Just imagine if you present and you see a tweet that says, “I’m stuck in this room and bored to tears!”
Young people today are different. They don’t communicate like older people do. They might not even initiate a face-to-face conversation with someone 5 feet from their desk at work. What do they do? They text the person. If you’re shocked about this, get over it. They think you are as weird as you think they are.