If you go to conferences, there are several types of people you will find there:
1. The movers
You move to the left to see the screen better. Then the mover in front of you moves to the left also. You move to the right, then the mover talks to the person on his/her right and again block your view. Sounds familiar? Congratulations, you have met “the movers”. This type of people in conferences can also be called “the fidgets”. They have the benefit to stay healthy because they are always moving. For you, just move your chair in front of them.
2. The whisperers
I never understand people who go to a presentation in a conference then talk all the way throughout the presentation. If you are not chosen to present your work, accept it, do not compete with the presenters! These people always try to justify their conversations by “being polite” by whispering. But, hellow, your whisper is not less loud than your normal speaking tone. It is even more annoying because then you keep hearing ssshh ssshhh ssshhh like your ears are being sprayed. Take it outside, or use your ipad to communicate to each other. But of course this solution will move you to “the movers” type.
3. The coughers
Yes your throat is itchy. In the first place, what are you, virus , doing in a conference full of healthy people? Second, although society tends to tolerate coughing, it does not give you the privilege to freely and loudly do it frequently. You make me lose some keywords said by the presenters. This is what I hear “…..So the conclusions from our studies are that healthcare …*cough* *cough* *cough* Thank you for your attention”. Well, thank YOU, coughers!
4. The photographers
I understand that going to a conference is partially your leisure, especially because usually conferences are held in nice, touristic locations. I also understand that you want to show to your facebook friends that you are not only having the great time of your life, but that you also have some brain by going to conferences. But can you take your profile pictures outside any presentation? Not only that the light from your ipad or iphone distracts the audience from the power point presentation, you also block the view by putting your iphone or ipad so high up to get the best view, for your sake. And can you make it right the first time, instead of doing it multiple times, please?