The Art of Telephone Spotting

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.

–Jonathan Swift

I have an odd quirk.  Actually, it’s more of a habit than a true quirk.  When I go into a place of business, one of the first things I do is look to see what kind of phone system they have.  While I try to be discreet about it, I sometimes need to peer over counters and into cubes.  I do this in restaurants, hospitals, car dealerships…everywhere.  And yes, I have received a number of odd looks, but I have yet to allow that to deter me.

In my latest article for No Jitter, I explore how I turn an obsession into a tool for change.

Telephone Spotting


  1. I have the same habit. This past weekend I was on a brand new US Navy ship, my son is an officer, and I was happy to see Avaya phones everywhere!

    1. I am happy to hear that I am not alone in this!

  2. Greg Stahl · · Reply

    I’m guilty of this as well, do it all the time. Being in the tech business in various capacities for the past 30 years, I also find myself always looking up in buildings, malls, just about anywhere there is an open ceiling (which is the new in-thing, they just paint everything), I always like looking at the infrastructure in buildings, conduits, cable trays, all sorts of stuff. My wife has just gotten used to me looking up all the time.

    1. I love it! Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Paul Blackburn · · Reply

    I thought I was the only one…
    I do it watching TV programmes and films as well.

    1. Yes! You get it. 🙂

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