Cell Phone Courtesy Month

Talking on your phone again? Read these 7 quick tips.

Posted by Liz Taylor Jul 11, 2011

Did you know that July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month?  Over 91% of Americans use cell phones, 89% report experiencing cell phone faux pas recently, yet only 8% of us admit to occasional poor cell phone etiquette.  The reality is that people don't always know the rules of cell phone etiquette - and they certainly don't always realize when they're breaking the rules.  In honor of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, here are our top tips for cell users who want to avoid critical cell faux pas:

1.) Be present at all times. Whether you're in a meeting, with a client, or in a common area at work, let calls go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In some instances (such as in a meeting), we suggest that turning your phone completely off may be the best solution.

2.) Private discussions should be kept private. You never know who may be within earshot of your call - move to a private office or area for complete privacy for topics of personal nature.

3.) Keep it cool. Don't show frustration or anger during a public call. Conversations that are likely to be emotional should be held where they will not embarrass or intrude on others.

4.) Avoid "cell yell".  Always use your “inside voices” when speaking on your cell phone.  You may have noticed that many people raise their voice while on their mobile phone - this can be distracting and annoying to others.

5.) Watch and listen discreetly. Checking out the latest YouTube video or iTunes single?  Earphones are a great way to avoid distracting others in public areas.

6.) Focus on driving. When driving, safety should be your #1 concern.  Don't fumble with your phone, check facebook, emails, etc - focus on the road.  Also, road noise often gets in the way of clarity with your bluetooth - so keep that in mind before placing hands-free calls.  Save the important calls for the office when possible.  

7.) Excuse yourself. If you are expecting a call that can't be postponed, notify your business partners at the start of your meeting.  Always excuse yourself when the call comes in.  Do your best to remember that the people in the room with you are your #1 priority and deserve your full attention when you are together.

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