Do you need coffee? Water? Something to hydrate yourself?
Do you mute and only unmute when absolutely necessary?
Do you take notes or do you rely on the “notetaker” to send you what you need?
Do you do yoga poses while alone in your office? Or do you exchange notes with others when you’re all sitting around the round table?
Do you listen intently all the time, or just some of the time?
I always wonder what the others on the call are doing. Are they sitting at home and eating breakfast? Or calling in from their hotel in some exotic locale like Cleveland?
Just imagine the day, soon in the future, when everyone will be using a “Face-Time/skype” interface and everyone will just be staring you down at a computer screen, looking upon all the other little faces that pop up on the screen. Instead of dressing down for days full of phone meetings, you’ll have to dress up like you do for real ones.
Until then, I’m sipping my hot morning coffee and stretching. And if I need to… pacing around the room so that I can stay engaged in the conversation at hand.
So what happens at your desk/in your office during those infamously lovely calls?