We've all been in this situation, sitting in a "boring" teleconference, our mind starts to wander, we decide maybe we'll look at our email, and then out of the blue, the speaker asks your opinion!
Wow, talk about an embarrassing moment, how do you say you had been drifting? It's better to follow these few tips to keep your focus in a teleconference particularly when your mind starts to wander.
- Close your email program and your browser. You won't be tempted to multi-task if you don't have these applications open.
- Turn off your cell phone and PDA. Don't be tempted to lose your focus with these distractions to the call.
- Get a piece of paper out and make bulleted notes of the meeting.
- As you think of it, write down your questions on a specific topic or write down the name of the person and task that they have just been given.
- Write down the follow-up actions you will personally need to take and the dates to take them. Writing will help you to stay tuned-in and keep your mind actively involved in the teleconference as well as provide concrete follow-up for you to log into Outlook after the conference call.