MANAGING MOBILE MANNERS
There is no doubt that mobile phones are here to stay. It is true that social networking sites have made it easier to communicate without having to talk to people, but nothing replaces the importance of a conversation, whether business or personal.
Here are some crucial tips on mobile etiquette that will hold you in good stead.
- Be the master of your phone, not a slave to it
- Speak softly
- Be courteous to those you are with, turn off your phone if it will be interrupting a conversation or activity
- Watch your language and tone, especially when others can overhear you
- Avoid talking about personal issues in a public environment
- If it must be on and it could bother others, keep it on silent and move away to talk
- Don’t make calls at the dinner table, in a library, theater or when paying for items at a shop
- Don’t text during a meeting, a class or an important appointment – If you do get an important message, excuse yourself from the situation and take it outside (as opposed to the dinner table) especially if you need to compose a novel of an email in response.
- Private information can be forwarded, so don’t text it
- Never drive and use your phone at the same time
- It’s also important to remember the company with whom you are dining; if you’re with a society grand dame who has never text messaged in her life, keep the phone out of sight. But if you’re with a titan of industry or someone who considers a cell phone part of a table setting, it’s fine to glance occasionally at emails