Is there anything more embarrassing than whipping out your laptop in a meeting only to discover that the screen is filthy, with half your lunch on it? And it’s so unfair because it always seems perfectly clean in your own office before you leave, but somehow – maybe it’s the different lighting or something – when you open it in a client’s office every smear and crumb becomes painfully visible.
As if meetings aren’t exposing enough, the filthy laptop screen jumps in to scupper any chances of retaining a perfectly cool, professional image. Although in a way it can be quite a nice little ice breaker. You can start the meeting or presentation with a little shtick about it. And you might find it relaxes everyone and provokes a “that always happens to me too” response from the other people in the meeting. Which is nice because nobody actually likes that perfectly cool professional person anyway.