Professional and Personal are often put into two different categories in the business setting. Why? How can you reach your employees, staff, organization and stakeholders, if you don’t know anything about them? When you are in the same room with them, knowing how to include them in your vision is critical to mobilizing your people. Your job is not done just when you are on some stage presenting. It means you are giving them your attention when you are face to face.
I recently posted the above cartoon on my Facebook page - The responses are very much aligned to my points below. Although this is displaying a very personal setting- a date. The same is true in a business setting. If you have arranged a face to face meeting with another professional, taking your phone out every two minutes will totally change the “mood”. It can be seen as a sign of disrespect and a sense that the person is not worthy of your attention. I found this wonderful infograph that highlights good reminders on cellphone etiquette by cellphones.org. They certainly can apply to mobile devices.
As it relates to a face to face meetings, do keep the following five tips front of mind.
1. Put your phone on vibrate.
2. Put your phone in your pocket. Do not leave it on the table.
3. If you really have to take a call, make it brief. Share you are busy, you will get back to them and hang up. Then apologize.
4. If you are on call and waiting for an emergency call, advise your partner of such at the beginning of your meeting or lunch.
5. Texting is just as bad as phoning when engaged in a face to face meeting. Don’t do it.
Can you add to the list? What has been your experience?
Have a great meeting!
Cartoon used with permission of Cartoonist; Photo by Funchye.
- Be aware of the etiquette standards regarding cellphone use in public. (deaconjohn1987.wordpress.com)
- How’s your “Teletiquette” in Virtual Meetings? (themarlincompany.com)