What was the unintended message of your body language during that encounter?
Did you signal that you were busy, late for an appointment, not interested in the conversation, that you were dismissing the participant - what did your raised arm and glancing at your watch tell the VP? Is that truly what you wished to signal?
We have had 10 years to learn to use a iPhone and now in meetings you will notice people signaling that they are prepared to engage in the dialogue by placing their phones face down - or off the table, in a pocket, or lap - out of site. This has become edict of smart phones. What is the edict of smart watches?
Body Language - what's the best tips for understanding body language