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Smartphones are great, we all love and rely on them. But what about when you travel to a conference out of the office and your phone has died on the way? Or when the subject is too complex to type endless sentences out on the small keypad?

Then it's time to bring in the good, old-fashioned, and very reliable notebook. But it's not just the reliability of notebooks that makes them great instruments for meetings, there are plenty of other reasons notebooks are back in business at meetings:

Everything you write in a notebook has to matter

Unlike the throw away, delete, rehash nature of smartphones and other electronic devices, a notebook is the place to write only the most important stuff. They help staff to decide what are and aren't the most important points about the meeting, knowing the finality of writing in a notebook.

The notebook and the smartphone can work together

Some people love the retro appeal of a notebook, but let's face it, we still can't live without our smartphones and just having a notebook simply isn't realistic. Most people have digital and analogue as part of their lives, but they always save the physical notebook for the important stuff, like meetings.

Notebooks make you think

We all know how tempting it is to Google everything at the first chance. And with a smartphone, this is always an option. But in a meeting, when the chips are down, wouldn't it be great if you didn't have the option to Google and you were able to just flip the page in your notebook instead, and look at your comprehensive to-the-point notes? We think so.

Notebooks help with organisation

You may think you are pretty organised with your smartphone right now, and you probably are to a point. But how much of the organising is actually done by the walking, talking, singing, dancing phone, and how much is done by your own hand? Forcing the hand of your employees to organise their work life themselves on paper is an excellent step to forming well-organised staff and organising meetings and events.

Notebooks help with problem solving and ideas

When it comes to brainstorming, there is nothing better than a blank sheet of paper. Whether it's in a bound notebook or a refill pad you might just throw away, thrashing out ideas in a meeting environment only works on paper.

Encourage your staff to use paper notebooks in meetings rather than their smartphones by treating them to a customised notebook from us, each with your company name on. It will give them a sense of company pride, and a place to keep meeting notes.