I stumbled upon this article from the New York Times on Conference calls… quite interesting to read that many multitask during conference calls… what do you do during conference calls?
Do you practice yoga? Clean your house? Read your email backlog? …
The article argues that there are 3 types of calls people attend: The ones you lead, the ones where you actively participate in and the ones your “are in cc of”… for the latter, you are basically tuning in and listening, sometimes chipping in with some half-smart comment. Those are the ones where you can afford to do something else during the call I guess… When you are leading or actively participating your full attention is needed… yet doing some simple repetitive task while talking can actually improve your concentration… some folks like to juggle, iron clothes, drive… often times just standing is enough to make your conversation more focused and to the point.
Happy conferencing! Happy holidays!