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May 22, 2012

Google Exec: Disconnect from Your Email and Engage in Face-to-Face Communication

Over the past few weekends, tens of thousands of college graduates have walked across the stage, shaken hands with the Dean, waved to teary-eyed parents and left college – diplomas in hand – ready to change the world.

But first, at ceremonies from coast to coast, they received some real world advice courtesy of leaders who happily shares some of their life lessons.

Graduates at Boston University on Saturday received powerful advice from Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt

"Take one hour a day and turn that thing off…" 

“That thing” he’s referring to is your electronic device – a computer, laptop, smartphone, whatever.

“Take your eyes off the screen… Have a conversation – a real conversation…”

My first thought: Wow! What wonderfully practical advice for tomorrow’s workers (literally).

Workplace email is a major pain point for many professionals today. Part of that stems from poor email etiquette. But it’s also due to our constant attachment to electronic devices, which create an imbalance between work and life.

I wrote about the topic in my recent ebook “The Definitive Guide to Taming the Email Monster,” and it has been reported on by major national news outlets.

For a generation with sometimes questionable values regarding their electronic devices – and for each of us – Schmidt’s words should serve as an important reminder of the great reasons to truly connect with those around us.

As Schmidt said, “Learn where the OFF button is… Engage with the world around you… and not what’s a click away.”

What would you do if you turned “that thing” off for an hour each day? How might it change your life?

- David Grossman

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