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Being Present: Commanding Attention at Work (and at Home) by Managing Your Social Presence Author: Turner, Jeanine W. ISBN: 9781647121549 Publisher: Georgetown University Press Year: 202201Sociology
Survival strategies for communicating in a notification-saturated world As our ability to pay attention in a world of distractions vanishes, it’s no wonder that our ability to be heard and understood–to convey our messages–is also threatened. Whether working with our teams and customers or communicating with our families and friends, it is increasingly difficult to break through the digital devices that get in the way of communication. And the ubiquity of digital devices means that we are often “multicommunicating,” participating in multiple conversations at once. As a result, our ability to be socially present with an audience requires an intentional approach. This increased strain on attention has never been more clear than during the global pandemic, when our homes suddenly accommodated both work and family life. What are our options when facing professional communications at all hours? Do we ask for the technology to be put away at the dinner table?
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