- Turn it OFF! or put it on vibrate as soon as you enter a 1-2-1 meeting, a presentation/workshop, a business breakfast, luncheon or dinner…and don’t forget leisure activities like a movie, concert, restaurant or theater. NO EXCUSE! It’s rude to forget and leave it on. Make it a habit to check it before any of the above activities. Don’t be that one person whose phone rings during an event.
- Watch your voice volume when speaking on your phone in public; a restaurant, airplane, train, bus, grocery store, pool and many other places. Not everyone wants to hear YOUR conversation. BE considerate!
- If you must take a call while with others in any situation, get up and take the conversation away from the meeting, table, pool or event. Again, it’s rude to interrupt or distract others with YOUR conversation.
- If someone signals you that your phone conversation IS disturbing their “air space” (looks at you and puts finger to lips to indicate “shhh” or any other type of signal that indicates you should move away); be respectful of that… and speak softer or move away.
- Ideally, the courteous behavior is to put your phone away or out of sight for the duration of a meeting, training class, or business breakfast, lunch or dinner. The only exception is if you are waiting for a doctor’s call, a health emergency notice or a child care call. Simply put your phone on vibrate in front of you, let the people you are with know that you may get that type of call, and give your attention to the meeting.
- Don’t check emails and texts on your cell phone/iPhone during a meeting. Those messages can wait an hour or two while you concentrate on the immediate conversations. And don’t hold your phone under the table and work on your phone – people CAN see you and…it’s rude to the speaker and other attendees. I have been guilty of this and from this moment on…I promise I will NOT do it!
- Don’t check your emails and texts while you are in a social/personal situation…like a restaurant or at a party. Although everyone is doing it now, that doesn’t mean it’s right…or polite. Again, IF you are waiting for an important message that’s fine, but most messages can wait until the meal, party, or event is over.
- Sign your name to any text you send. Have you ever received a text from someone whose number you didn’t recognize? You may not have put a new person in your address book yet. Have you ever had to text back…”Who is this?” Don’t make people guess who you are Also add your signature to your iPhone email response OR, if you can’t get it to work on your type of phone, then include your phone number in any response you write so the recipient can call you back if the discussion stream is urgent. They may not have your phone number yet in their phone address book.
- Also add your signature to your iPhone email response OR, if you can’t get it to work on your type of phone, then include your phone number in any response you write so the recipient can call you back if the discussion stream is urgent. They may not have your phone number yet in their phone address book.
- FINALLY, of course, NEVER text while driving. There are too many horrific stories about how this behavior is dangerous to you…and others on the road. But also be courteous when driving and talking on your cell phone. You don’t realize that you are not totally focused on your driving as you conduct your conversation – you drive slower and may miss a turn you need or worse, run a stop sign or red light. So IF you have to have a conversation while driving, move over to the right lane, instead of stalling traffic in the left lane which can cause an accident as drivers try to pass you. Take the right lane as you talk… and drive slower.
Hope these TIPS help you communicate clearly,
respectfully and safely with your cell phones.