Cell Phone Etiquette

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Etiquette expert Elaine Swann explains how to avoid making some of the most common cell phone etiquette mistakes.

    Elaine Swann: When using your cellphone when someone is with you, keep in mind that the person face-to-face with you, they have top priority, it's rude to break-up a conversation just to answer your phone, it really makes the other individual feel left out. Keep your private matters private; people don't want to hear all the intimate details and aspects of your very private life. In addition, speak softly; let the technology do the work. If you're in the elevator or maybe even in line at the bank, if you put about 10 feet of space in between yourselves and others, you'll be just fine. Now using that cellphone while you're driving, there are a couple of rules to follow. Keep in mind that those earpieces, they're not meant to be used in a grocery store where you're walking around and sounding like you're crazy person talking to yourself, but they're meant to be used in the vehicle or even in a private space.

    If you find that you have to have a prolong conversation while you're driving, just pull over and then take that call. Also let the caller on the other line know that you're in the car and on your cellphone, that way they can expect interruptions or even possible disconnections.

    Be sure that if you decide that you want to use some downloaded ring-tone with your favorite pop-stars music that you can get right to your cell phone right away, so that people who haven't listened to all the hip-hop that's going on while you dig through your purse and find your phone.

    Now also when it comes to turning the phone off, every once in a while you just have to do exactly that. Doctors offices, worship service, meetings, sometimes just turn the phone completely off and connect with people.