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Joe Wach
Vail CO, Colorado

I love my notebook computer. What a great tool, I don’t go anywhere without it. It is small enough to carry with me all day long.

You never know when I might need it. Actually, I don’t do much computing on the computer. I mostly use it for e-mail and presentations.

I started taking my computer to meetings to take notes, and of course to present power point slides. Taking notes didn’t really pan out … which is weird because everyone else in the meetings is always busily typing away while I am presenting. I am glad that taking copious notes is working so well for them.



Anyway, one day I was running behind and needed to touch up my presentation material; so I quietly made the much needed edits to my presentation while someone else was presenting. It worked out great. I was at the meeting AND I got my work done. Hey, that gives me an idea: I could could check my e-mail while in the meeting!



Well, this turned out to be a great idea. Now I can keep up with e-mail and no one in the meeting has to know (everyone will just think I am taking notes). My secret didn’t stay mine for long – soon I began to receive e-mails from other people in the meeting. We started to hold a virtual meeting while in the meeting.

Now, this is efficient – two meetings in one!(just like Certs). Actually, it is kind of hard to pay attention to the face to face meeting when typing so dilligently.

But, hey, thats ok, because I can just catch up what I missed via e-mail during my next meeting. Meetings are great – a chunk of time to take care of my e-mail … Oh … and work on my new presentation – I signed up for next week. We now all take turns “presenting” in the meetings so that everyone else can get their work done.



Well, I gotta go, this meeting just got over and there are a bunch of people with notebook computers waiting to use the conference room … they probably have a lot of work to get done.

Joe Wach can be reacehd at jwach@tgi.com.


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