Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones into Meetings

We live in a world where no one can go anywhere without their phone.  But, when it comes to your career, there are definitely times you should think twice before carrying your phone into certain professional settings.  You may not think anyone notices you checking your device, but trust me, it is noticed. This article was passed along to me and I think it is very relevant for college students to read about how they can be perceived when using their phones at inappropriate times.

Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings

Dr. Travis Bradberry,Influencer, Coauthor Emotional Intelligence 2.0 & President at TalentSmart


You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings, says new research from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else.

The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning above $30K and working in companies with at least 50 employees. They asked a variety of questions about smartphone use during meetings and found:

  • 86% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls during meetings
  • 84% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during meetings
  • 66% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails even during lunches offsite
  • The more money people make the less they approve of smartphone use.

The study also found that Millennials are three times more likely than those over 40 to think that smartphone use during meetings is okay, which is ironic considering Millennials are highly dependent upon the opinions of their older colleagues for career advancement.

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence of more than a million people worldwide and found that Millennials have the lowest self-awareness in the workplace, making them unlikely to see that their smartphone use in meetings is harming their careers.

Why do so many people—especially successful people—find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate? When you take out your phone it shows a:

  • Lack of respect. You consider the information on your phone to be more important than the conversation at hand, and you view people outside of the meeting to be more important than those sitting right in front of you.
  • Lack of attention. You are unable to stay focused on one thing at a time.
  • Lack of listening. You aren’t practicing active listening, so no one around you feels heard.
  • Lack of power. You are like a modern-day Pavlovian dog who responds to the whims of others through the buzz of your phone.
  • Lack of self-awareness: You don’t understand how ridiculous your behavior looks to other people.
  • Lack of social awareness: You don’t understand how your behavior affects those around you.

I can’t say I’m surprised by the USC study’s findings. My company coaches leadersusing 360° assessments that compare their self-perception to how everyone else sees them. Smartphone use in meetings is one of the most common coworker complaints.

It’s important to be clear with what you expect of others. If sharing this article with your team doesn’t end smartphone use in meetings, take a page out of the Old West and put a basket by the conference room door with an image of a smart phone and the message, “Leave your guns at the door.”


Kevin Kruse is a NYT bestselling author, accomplished speaker, and expert in employee engagement and leadership. Download free articles at his websiteKevinKruse.com

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book,Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests, emotional intelligence training, andemotional intelligence certification, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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Hospitality and Tourism Management Major Details Internship experience at Westglow Resort

picture of internship interviewToday’s blog is written by one of the Career Development Center’s Career Information Officers, Christopher Carpenter. Christopher recently interviewed Caitlyn Colo, one of App State’s Hospitality and Tourism Management majors who details her summer internship and gives great career advice to fellow students. Enjoy!

I recently interviewed Caitlyn Colo, a student majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management, who was fortunate enough to do a paid summer rotational internship with Westglow Resort and Spa in Blowing Rock, NC. For those who don’t know what a rotational internship is, it’s a program in which the intern rotates between various areas of an organization. As Caitlyn explains, “I worked in all departments including the spa, administration, guest services, and the restaurant. I was in each department for 2 weeks, except for the restaurant where I was for 4 weeks. (2 weeks at the front of the house and 2 weeks at the back of the house).”

While Caitlyn was very happy to explain her entire experience with me, I was most impressed by her work in administration. She elaborated on a project she did directly with the CFO and how she designed a new restaurant menu with the marketing director. To me, these sound like tasks for a full-time associate rather than the fetching of coffee and lunch of the stereotypical intern.

When asked what aspect she enjoyed most she answered, “My favorite part of my internship was the front of the house at the restaurant. I had the most interactions with guests during this time and I loved seeing the satisfaction in their experience afterwards.”

It was this aspect that helped her learn a little bit about herself. She told me, “I learned that I do not like to be stuck behind the scenes, like I was when I was in the back of the house at the restaurant. I thought I wanted to be in the food and beverage department (in the kitchen) in the hospitality business, but my experiences taught me that it’s not quite for me.”

It seems obvious to me that Caitlyn had a wonderful experience. I asked her how she got the internship, and she told me,

“I receive emails from Dr. Clark, one of the HOS professors, about open positions every week. I just saw Westglow and it caught my eye. I contacted the person in charge of interns at Westglow, and eventually got an interview. I was basically hired on the spot. I got an email about an hour after the interview saying the job was mine.”

If only we all could be so fortunate.

What is her trick, a lucky rabbit’s foot? I asked her if she had any tips for others in her major, and she said,

“My advice is to talk to Dr. Clark and your professors. They have so much experience it’s unreal and they have the connections. Also, don’t be discouraged if you don’t enjoy your internship. It’s actually a blessing in disguise. It just helps you decide what you DON’T want to spend the rest of your life doing. There are so many opportunities in our industry, so don’t be afraid to travel and try new things!”

Very sound and wise advice indeed.

Next, Caitlyn will be doing a summer internship that is required by the College of Business, and she hopes to do one abroad or somewhere she has never been before. Like me, I’m sure all of our readers wish Caitlyn the very best of luck on her next internship and into her, what appears to be, very promising career.

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Want to find your calling in life? A piece of advice from an ASU student

Today’s guest blogger is an Appalachian student, Joseph Beard.   He has taken the time to share some great personal advice on finding your calling in life in relation to how you wish to spend your time while at Appalachian and for the rest of your future!Career Blog

So you want to find your calling? It’s simple. The first thing that you must do in order to discover your calling is to decide how happy you want to be in life. There are different degrees of happiness, and you have the ability to determine the exact degree of happiness you hope to achieve in life. Actually, you’re determining your own degree of lifelong happiness right now, with every second that you spend breathing, and you decide it whether you’re conscious of it or not. If you are unconscious of what you want, you are most likely letting others define your personal happiness for you, at least to an extent.

Did I say finding your calling would be simple? It is simple, but it’s also one of the most difficult things you can ever do. You had to know there was a catch, but I didn’t lie. It truly is a simple thing to decide the degree of happiness you would like to achieve in life, because the answer is obvious: most of us would like to achieve the highest degree possible. The catch is this: in deciding the amount of happiness that you would like to achieve, you simultaneously decide to endure that same degree of difficulty, and perhaps an even greater degree.

This realization that you must endure at least as much hardship as you wish to achieve happiness is crucial, not only because it is the reality of life, but also because it is the best way to determine if this is your deepest calling, if this is something you truly want. This thing that you decide as your calling, is it something that you would be willing to die trying to achieve? The samurai became great warriors because the core concept of the “Way of the Samurai” is to embrace death. We all will die one day, and death is one of the most powerful sources of fear. There are certain things that are worth fearing, but in many cases, fear has the power to hold us back from achieving great things if we allow it to do so. The samurai knew that, by embracing death, they released themselves from the shackles of fear, and thus they became free to unleash their fullest potential. You may have heard the saying, “A coward dies a thousand deaths, but a soldier dies only one.”

Many of us spend our whole lives tip-toeing around struggle, around hardship, subconsciously hoping to circumvent pain and death. But how many times has anyone ever been successful in avoiding pain altogether? Not once, because in order to avoid pain completely, we must shut ourselves away from everything there is, including other humans. A human community, any human community, provides for our basic needs such as water, food and love. Of course we could learn the skills necessary to provide water and food for ourselves, but learning skills and producing food involves a personal investment of effort, energy, and ultimately a certain degree of pain in some form. The bottom line is that we must embrace pain in order to find success, in order to be fulfilled. Pain is unavoidable. My ultimate goal is to, at the end of my days, be able to say, without a doubt, that I embraced fear and pain, let neither have control me, and lived a life of which I am proud as a result.

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Thinking about attending the Outdoor Jobs Fair next week? An ASU student shares her own successful past experience!

Attention Appalachian Students, the Outdoor Jobs Fair is next Wednesday, February 19th from 10 am – 2 pm in the Grandfather Mountain Ballroom of the Student Union. You should definitely consider attending, as this is an excellent opportunity to secure summer and full-time employment and internships in the great outdoors! Over 60 camps, conferences centers, outfitters, and resorts will be represented from throughout the US at this fair. Below, an ASU student shares her own positive experience attending a previous Outdoor Jobs Fair here at Appalachian and the amazing opportunities she has had since then!OJF Blog

My name is Diane Creamer and I am a senior studying Recreation Management. While I am looking forward to graduation I have to thank the Outdoor Jobs Fair for getting me to where I am today.

Three years ago I was a freshman here at Appalachian studying Archaeology. My first semester at Appalachian was wonderful; I knew I was at the right place and my studies in Archaeology were really great. All that started to change during the spring semester. I had been planning on working at one of my favorite summer camps but had found out I did not get the job as they are a very small organization. Resigned, I figured that I was going to just go home for the summer and try to find a job there instead. On top of that as I dove deeper into my studies in Archaeology I found that it was not the right subject for me. Now I was completely lost, not only for the coming summer, but also for what future career path I should take.

I remember walking around campus one day that spring and seeing signs for the Outdoor Jobs Fair. This really caught my attention, as I had really wanted to work in a camp setting over the summer but thought it was too late to apply and had missed any opportunity. I looked up the organizations that were coming to the fair and was astounded at all of the summer opportunities that I still had available to me. Things were definitely looking up.

So I prepared my resume, put on some professional clothes and went to the Outdoor Jobs Fair. On my way in I remember a student asking me to sign in and asking if I was a Recreation Management major. I looked at them confused and said no, because I had never heard of this degree. I took a deep breath and walked through the doors. There were so many organizations ranging from traditional camps to summer raft guides and beyond. I had the opportunity to talk with many professionals and discuss the different jobs that they had available that coming summer. I had no idea that there were so many opportunities and different ways I could spend my summer. It truly was a great experience if only to see the number of organizations present and the many different things you could do with your summer.

By the time I walked out of there I had handed out many copies of my resume and had a list of jobs that I was looking forward to applying for. I went through the application process and lo and behold I landed a summer job at YMCA Camp Cheerio as a member of their climbing staff.

Not only did going to the Outdoor Jobs Fair help me find this job and have a wonderful summer experience, but it also greatly impacted my career path. After being asked if I was a Recreation Management major, I did some research and round out about what this degree offered. The following fall I took the introductory course for the major as well as a general education class to kind of feel it out. Within a year, I was a full-fledged Recreation Management major and am now getting prepared to graduate with this degree.

The following summer I returned to Camp Cheerio as the Tower Master and a member of their leadership staff. This experience also went towards an internship experience for my Non-Profit minor. These two summers really helped to prepare me for my next big adventure of a full semester abroad in New Zealand studying Outdoor Education at the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. With all of these great experiences under my belt I am now fully ready for the next step, a summer long internship with the North Carolina Outward Bound School and shortly thereafter graduation. Attending the Outdoor Jobs Fair was what started me off and led me to all of these wonderful experiences and opportunities.

So no matter your major or your summer plans the Outdoor Jobs Fair is where you need to be on February 19th because who knows what amazing opportunities you will find and where they will lead you one day.

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From Sustainable Development to AmeriCorps: A Former ASU Student Shares Her Story

Today’s guest blogger is Anna Zanetti, a recent graduate of Appalachian State University. Below, Anna shares her experiences as sustainable development major and communications minor and now working for AmeriCorps. Anna also discusses the importance of planning your future and looking for internship opportunities while in college. Enjoy reading her story!196e399

Tell us a bit about your experience at Appalachian State? What is your major? When did you graduate? How were you involved on campus?

When I first arrived at Appalachian State I was enrolled as a graphic design major, interior design, communications and lastly sustainable development. I graduated with a degree in Sustainable Development and a minor in Communication Studies May 2013.

What are you doing today?

I am an AmeriCorps member with Project Conserve. Project Conserve is an umbrella program within AmeriCorps that provides positions with environmental organizations in western North Carolina. I am the Outreach and Public Awareness Associate with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. I am in charge of their outings program where I lead hikes on pristine protected properties. AmeriCorps is a great option out of college because in order to get a job you need experience and this provides that and much more. AmeriCorps is a way to “serve” your community and gain experience without suffering overhead costs. You receive a living stipend that can cover basic costs but overall it teaches you time and money management skills while working for the greater good of your community.

Can you tell us about your first job search?

Before my first job search I met with Michelle Brown around 5 times to make sure my resume was sharp. I began looking at the SCA (student conservation association) and found a paid internship. I found out about this AmeriCorps position through the Sustainable Development list serve and decided this is exactly what I wanted to do.

What experiences best prepared you for your current professional role?

My internships and extra circulars prepared me the best for this position.

What is next for you?

I have considered doing AmeriCorps Project Conserve for a second year (there is a 2year limit) but I am going to try and apply to other fulltime positions that are suitable for my skill level. The future is hard to predict sometimes but I do know is I want to work for a cause or a company that contains high moralistic values and works to better our environment. 

What do you know now that you wish you knew as a student?

Don’t hold yourself back. Look into these internship opportunities while you are in school. The SCA looks for students to take on these summer or semester long internships. 

What advice do you have for job-seeking students who are pursuing your degree?

Be flexible. Sustainable Development is my degree but I am weighing heavily on my communications minor and personal persistence.

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From Art Management to the American Red Cross: ASU Grad Shares Her Story

0Today’s guest blogger is Sarah Young, a recent graduate of Appalachian State University. Sarah has taken the time to share her experiences working in art management and now with the American Red Cross.  She also gives advice on working for non-profit organizations. Enjoy!

Tell us a bit about your experience at Appalachian State? What is your major?
My name is Sarah Young and I am from Charlotte, NC. I graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2012 with a B.S. in Art Management and minors in Business and Art History.

How were you involved on campus?
I worked on campus as a Gallery Assistant at Catherine J. Smith Gallery in Farthing Auditorium from 2010 – 2012. I also worked at the Student Union as the Permanent Art Collections Manager from 2011 – 2012. I was a member of the Art Management Organization (AMO) from 2009 – 2012 and a member of Gamma Beta Phi Honors Society from 2008 – 2012.

What are you doing today?
Today, I am a Major Gifts Associate at the American Red Cross in Columbia, SC and work in the field of Development as a full-time fundraiser. I manage individual and corporate giving portfolios, research market prospects, and manage the Columbia, SC Tiffany Circle Society, a global philanthropic group for women at the Red Cross.

Can you tell us about your first job search?
It was more difficult than I had expected. I had been applying for jobs since February, 2012 hoping to have a position to walk right into once I graduated. I was looking for a job in the Art or Art/Business field in Charlotte, NC, which proved to be very difficult. I decided to apply for a paid summer internship with Charlotte Center City Partners that I hoped would turn into a full-time job. It was one of the best experiences I ever had working for this group as the South End Marketing and Events Assistant under my wonderful boss, Ted Boyd. My internship was extended an extra month through August, at which time I started applying elsewhere. Overall that summer, I had applied to about 40+ jobs in Charlotte that ranged in various different fields, with most stating “3-5” years of experience. I received one call back for a phone interview at an arts and music organization and did not make it to the next round of interviews.

Finally, I found the art scene in Columbia, SC was less competitive than the art scene in Charlotte, NC and I was offered a position that seemed to fit me perfectly, so I became the Membership Coordinator at the Columbia Museum of Art and moved to South Carolina. As Membership Coordinator, I managed the Museum’s General Membership categories for: Individual, Dual, Kids Plus! and Patron Level. I coordinated bi-annual mass mailings, monthly general membership renewals, weekly acknowledgment letters for all gifts under $500, oversaw the general membership website, annual fund, member receptions and events, marketing materials, seasonal campaigns, and exhibition promotions. During my tenure, the Museum had two phenomenal exhibitions on view: Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade: 1940‑1950 and From Monet to Matisse. A great take-away was that the Museum’s membership grew by 30% in 9 months from September 2012 to June 2013.

What experiences best prepared you for your current professional role?
The experiences that prepared me best were my major, the classes I took at Appalachian, and my internships at: the Light Factory in Charlotte, NC, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim in New York City, Charlotte Center City Partners in Charlotte, NC, the two Appalachian State on-campus art jobs, and many secondary positions working in the food industry and for my family’s businesses, Cloister Honey and Southern Moving.

What is next for you?
After being at the art museum in Columbia for almost a year, I found a new route to take and am currently the Major Gifts Associate at the American Red Cross in Columbia, SC.

What do you know now that you wish you knew as a student?
As a student, I already “knew” this, but once I worked in the industry full-time you “understand” what it means:  Hard work. Great experience. High turnover. Wonderful organization. Low compensation.

What advice do you have for job-seeking students who are pursuing your degree?
Non-profits don’t always put an emphasis on the fact that you either have or haven’t worked for another “non-profit” in the past. What they like to see is that you have a lot of experience in the field you’re applying for whether it be: Education/Human Development, Financial Development, Public/Global Health, Land/Nature Conservation, etc. and that experience can come from anywhere. However, most of the fields in a non-profit organization are ONLY found in a non-profit organization. So try to be a little conservative and seek out experience that can transcend to a for-profit if need be.

Remember, the market is tough so stay competitive!

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Meet Your CEO: Natasha

The Career Development Center has 5 Career Education Officers (CEO’s) who help spread the word about career-related events and services available to students.  The CEO’s are current App State students who have a passion for careers, marketing and social media.  Above all, they want you to find your dream job!  Please take a moment to get to know one of our fabulous CEO’s, Natasha Bostok.

photo (8)Hello! My name is Natasha Bostok. I am from Charlotte, NC, and I am a junior double majoring in marketing and hospitality and tourism. I like to keep myself busy, so I am very involved on campus, as well as in the community. Along with having the opportunity to be a CEO for the Career Development Center, I serve on the Board of Directors for The Children’s Playhouse, a local non-profit, through a program called Board Fellows started by ACT. Through this program, I am learning what it takes to maintain a non-profit through monthly board meetings, committee meetings, fundraising events and volunteering. It has been a great opportunity to learn more about Boone by networking with community leaders and businesses.

I am also a campus representative for the Disney College Program. I participated in the Disney College Program in Fall 2012 as a merchandise hostess at the largest Disney store in the world: The World of Disney. The moment I accepted my invitation to participate in the program in The Happiest Place On Earth, I contacted the Career Development Center and Sharon Jensen walked me step-by-step through what needed to be done before I left. She, and the whole CDC staff, is a great resource! During my time on the program, when I wasn’t working or playing in the parks, I took a Disney’s Marketing Strategies class that solidified my decision to major in marketing. I was being taught a Fortune 100 company’s marketing techniques and strategies by top marketing leaders across the company. I had the chance to network with each leader and learn even more about working for Disney. It was a dream come true! I was even happier when I got the email that I had been selected as a campus representative on Appalachian State’s campus because I could continue to work for my dream company throughout my college career. I am responsible for advertising the Disney College Program, and answering any questions that any interested students might have. It has been a great experience that is preparing me for a future career in marketing.

I am also involved in clubs on campus. As a member of the American Marketing Association (AMA) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), I am learning and developing professional development skills that relate directly to my field of study. Being a CEO for the Career Development Center is a great opportunity to learn anything I would need to know when it comes to applying and preparing for a career, as well! I have the job of promoting Career Development Center services and events through social media, blog posts, flyers, contact table or anything else that will be successful! It is a great program with a great group of people, and I am so lucky to have this opportunity!

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