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The State of the Union is “Distracted”

The State of the Union is “Distracted”

This post was written by Brett Slater, Chief Social Media Officer at The Latimer Group

I admit, I only watched the first 20 minutes of President Trump’s State of the Union address last night, but something struck me as I watched. On any given panning shot of the crowd, attendees in the chamber – particularly members of Congress – were busy on their smartphones. DURING the speech.

On one level, the image is pretty amusing. We’ve all been in meetings that run too long, speeches that seemingly have no point, or have points we may not agree with. The distraction factor is high. It’s easy to put oneself in that place, especially if you’re not a fan of the President.

But on the other hand, the President of the United States is addressing you in person. I know it was a long speech, and I know that President Trump can be… how he can be. But, Congressman, can we not back away from the phone for a while, and give the office and the moment the full attention and respect it warrants?

MY point is, we’d want the same attention and respect when we give a speech, or lead a meeting, or make a presentation. As the attendees, whether or not we want to be there, and whether or not we agree with the message, we owe each other the respect of active listening.

My fellow Americans… Put the phones away.

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