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S.M.A.C. Talk - Social Media, Mobility, Analytics and Cloud the podcast launched in 2014 and over those 4 years hosts Daniel Newman and Brian Fanzo have covered topics that included Big Data, Digital Transformation, Social Selling, Data Center Migration, Millennial Marketing, Digital Marketing, live streaming video, customer experience and everything else impacting today's technology world.

SMACtalk became much more than just a podcast as every episode is live streamed via Facebook Live and Periscope while also going live to technology events such as Mobile World Congress, IBM developer conference, CES, SXSW, HP Discovery, SAP Sapphire and other technology events.  Past sponsors of the podcast include IBM, SAP, SAP Store, Avnet, Adobe and currently Cisco.  

Hosted by Brian Fanzo @iSocialFanz and Daniel Newman @DanielNewmanUV

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Mar 14, 2015

In this episode of SMACTalk, my co-host Brian Fanzo and I discuss the "Digital Disconnect" experience that we both shared when we headed to Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 


As two highly technology dependent millennials, we share how we reacted to finding out that we wouldn't have internet access for nearly half a day, and whether or not disconnecting from digital is something we should strive to do more often.


Prior to embarking on our journey overseas, we both came across a number of people (ironically online) who felt that this was one of those "important" opportunities for us to be alone with our thoughts. However, both Brian and I found ourselves in a bit of a panic because we knew there was work to be done and conversations to be had. 


As we further flesh out this topic, we found ourselves discussing that really it comes down to each individual. Some people respond extremely well to being disconnected, while others do not. And if being disconnected adds enormous stress then perhaps that isn't the best approach. 


We concluded that the keys to understanding your individual need to be connected (or disconnected) are as follows. 


Priorities: What are the most important things that need to get done and where does your digital universe stand in comparison to your physical one. At times being more or less connected depends on whom you are with and what your are trying to get done. 


Preference: If being connected makes you feel better and you prefer to operate in a constant state of connectedness, perhaps taking long periods to disconnect isn't ideal. 


Productivity: Depending on your role, being connected may be critical to performing. If being digitally disconnected minimizes your productivity then why would you disconnect? 


Notifications (Management): Maybe the best thing you can do, and Brian is terrific at this is manage your notifications so that what shows up on your device home screen doesn't overwhelm your life. There are critical messages/inputs and less important ones. By making yourself actively seek the less important ones you can be "less connected" at times but know you aren't missing anything super important. 



So check out the show…we also dig into wearables, next generation email and an inaugural appearance for myself on Meerkat...