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The secret to looking engaged during meetings

By NexChange
Lifestyle, 4:01

Put your phone away and pull out a pencil. No, not the new iPad Pro pencil.

Phil Libin, co-founder and former CEO of Evernote, says that old-fashioned writing in a notebook is the best way to appear interested during meetings, writes Business Insider. Taking notes on a phone makes you look like you're texting, or worse checking out your dating apps. Clicking away on a laptop creates a literal and figurative barrier between you and the speaker. Paper and a pen on the other hand says, "'Man, this person really cares about me.' It totally flips the odometer the other way. You are signaling deep caring and interest," says Libin.

Libin, who also founded CoreStreet and Engine 5, says the beauty of the notebook is that you don't even have to really be paying attention. "Even if you're just drawing houses and clouds and unicorns," people see someone alert and more interested in what they're saying than the guy on his phone, says Libin. That says a lot coming from a guy who designed a company around digitally taking and storing notes.

The University of California, Los Angeles can back Libin up with some hard data. Hand writing forces the brain to reflect, understand, and encode more than typing does, researchers say. Laptop note takers don't process and reword comments like analog note takers do. They're too busy taking everything down verbatim.

Libin says he likes to write down specific words and phrases in his notebook to jog his memory later. In between his unicorn doodles of course.
Photo: Doodle Databáze

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