Keeping in Check with Your Mobile Phone Etiquette (6 Quick Tips from an Expert)
Posted by Liz Taylor Jan 20, 2011
6 quick mobile phone tips...
1) Avoid checking your phone in public.
2) If you are walking into a meeting, consider leaving your phone in the car. If you must have it with you, turn it to completely silent.
3) Many restaurants, golf clubs, gyms and other venues have established a “no cell phone” policy. If you are at an establishment that allows cell phones, watch your volume and try to keep your voice as low as possible so you can respect others around you.
4) If you are having a face-to-face conversation with someone, do not check your cell phone or text. The only exception is if you are expecting a VERY important call. In that case, ask the person upfront, “If my cell phone rings, would you mind if I check to see who it is? I’m expecting a really important call from my husband.” I recently had lunch with a former coworker and throughout the meal she checked her phone and even linked into a conference call while we were having a conversation. As a result, we won’t be lunching again anytime soon.
5) Continually texting and checking emails under the table at a meeting, meal or networking event shows a lack of respect, consideration and reflects poorly on one's professional image.
6) If you’re at dinner, remember to keep your cell phone off the table. Nothing should be on the table other than the place setting and food.
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