It’s a simple request. You’re in a meeting or church or at a funeral or in the movie theater. Turn your cell phone off or at least have the decency to put it on silent.
If your phone rings audibly in a meeting, you are not mature enough to either own a cell phone or be in that meeting.
Everyone has emergencies and reasons they need to remain available. Ever phone also has the option to vibrate on silent.
Here are some basics of cell phone etiquette in meetings.
1. Turn the phone off or put it on silent and vibrate only. I recently sat through a meeting where the meeting host’s cell phone rang multiple times throughout the day. It was not on silent.
2. If you absolutely have to take a call take it outside the room.
3. Don’t listen to voice mails when seated in the meeting. If you absolutely have to hear the message, get up and leave the room.
4. Don’t read your email or texts during a meeting.
5. Likewise, don’t respond to email or texts during a meeting.
It’s a little sad, really, that we have to think about these things. There was a time when this would have been second nature. But techology has made us all important and made everything urgent.
Still, that’s no excuse for not being polite.