Ever seen people distracted in meetings, as they furtively read their Blackberry emails under the table? Yeah, thought so!
I heard a lovely anecdote this morning from a client, of one of his proposal team who finally decided she needed the attendees’ full concentration in a meeting. She picked up the waste bin [trash can, for you Americans!]; walked around the table; solemnly removed the smartphones from everyone in the room – and threw them away. She placed the bin outside the door, closed it, and continued the meeting with: “Now I’ve got your full attention…”
I’ve confiscated phones from people on the way into sessions before now – but never during a workshop. It’s quite a nice tactic to bear in mind!