Mind your mobile mannersby
- Do make the person you are with feel more important than your mobile phone. Be present when you are with people. Switch your phone to silent, or better still, switch it off and put it away
- Be mindful about not developing a dependency on constant communication. It simply is not healthy. Do you really need to have your phone with you all the time?
- To avoid accidents and bashing into other people, it is better not to walk along texting
- Take off your earpiece when you are not on the phone. This will stop you from looking silly. Plus, who wants to talk to someone who is so obviously on call alert?
- You don't need to speak louder into your mobile than any other phone you use, especially on the train. These gadgets have incredibly sensitive microphones
- Answer your phone as soon as it goes off. Not everyone wants to listen to a mobile phone ringing for ages, even if your latest ring tone sounds 'cool and groovy' to you
- Be aware that people around you are listening if you answer your phone in public. Not everyone wants to hear what you are saying to someone else and could find it offensive, embarrassing or just plain boring
- Absolutely under no circumstances use your mobile phone when you are driving. Let's face it some people have a problems mastering vehicles and phones individually let alone trying to multitask the two together. This is a recipe for disaster
- The ultimate display of good manners has to be not using your mobile phone on the loo. Need I say more?
Liggy Webb is an award winning and bestselling author, presenter and international consultant. She is also the founding director of The Learning Architect, an international consortium of behavioural skills specialists. She is recognised as a thought leader on human resilience and works with a wide range of businesses focusing on optimising...