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Live from #IFA: Are computers OK in training?

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Computers should be off-limits in training sessions unless they are an integral part of the exercise, said the speakers at the Best Practices in Training session at the IFA 2011 Annual Convention. No exceptions for people who want to take notes on their laptop or iPad.

Why? People will inevitably check e-mail, so if your laptop isn’t necessary to the training then you don’t need it and it shouldn’t be open, said Barbara Carper, president of Profit Soup.

This stance came out in response to a question from a session attendee and were a bit of a surprise to me. It would never have occurred to me to assert so much control over adults in a professional training session.

What do you think?

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