Handling Presentation Interruptions
What's the professionally appropriate response to rude behaviors in a presentation? Cell phones going off, blackberry prayers, etc. I can ignore it and just keep going, because I already know the data and don't get anything out of it, that's why I'm presenting it. However, the people I'm presenting to don't- that's why they're there.
Feedback after the gathering is definitely going to occur. The question is, should people be called on this behavior [b]during[/b] the meeting or presentation to make sure everyone is getting the most they can out of their time? Would stopping the meeting to address the issue just exacerbate the problem by prolonging the interruption even longer? Will a stern glare do? Perhaps Nerf weaponry could be used as an effective feedback mechanism? Peer pressure sure isn't making a difference.