I had arranged a meeting with two students on campus this week to talk about entrepreneurialism @ UBC. It was rather informal and we just chose to sit down at a noisy cafe.
As we were sitting down, one of the students, Blake, took out his cell phone and proceeded to turn it off. He didn’t just switch it to vibrate or silent, but he turned it off completely.
I think I did a double take.
What a rare sight.
“Did you just turn off your phone?” I asked him, not doing a good job of hiding my surprise.
How many times have we experienced cell phones going off in meetings, movies, classes, and conversations? I’m just as guilty as anyone. We’re so used to it in this cell phone age we don’t often think twice.
“Oh, I just hate it when I’m in the middle of a conversation with someone and my cell phone goes off,” was his simple reply.
I don’t know about you, but he immediately went up a notch in my book. That small, simple act demanded respect in an age where we need to be constantly connected.
It says, “I care more about you, giving you my time, and sharing your company then myself.”
He didn’t end up agreeing with my vision, but that’s okay. That was probably one of the best conversations I’ve had all week.