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SMART Phone - On or Off the Table?

How You Use Your SMART Phone May Not Be So Smart...

Heading to a meeting? Going to a business lunch? Meeting someone in his or her office? Casual lunch or dinner with friends?

Pocket the smart phone or cell phone, and turn off the ringer.

And keep it OFF the table!

One of the best things about Nantucket is its restaurants. I'm amazed at how many PDAs share the table with salads, drinks, entrees, and desserts....

New etiquette: New technology leaves voids in etiquette and mobile technology is no exception.

Just as people feel justifiably insulted when someone with whom they’re talking looks around the room to see who else is there, the PDA or cell phone placed on the table sends the same message.  It says, “what ever comes in on that device is more important than the meeting at hand.”

It is an etiquette blunder that can be career limiting.

Instead, make a commitment to focus totally on the situation at hand. This behavior will not only avoid negative impressions, but you’ll gain a better understanding of the issue at hand and will be able to provide more valuable input.

Exception: Yes, there ARE exceptions. On rare occasions, if you are waiting for an urgent call or e-mail, inform your colleague, client, or meeting organizer in advance that you may have to excuse yourself for a moment to attend to an urgent matter. Or, When you need to type a message, excuse yourself and find a private place to do it, rather than sneaking it under the table.

Contrary to popular belief, people can’t do two things at once. By focusing on the meeting at hand, and giving your PDA a rest, you’ll be able to do one thing well. Time to choose!


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