Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. November 8, 2011 Issue

NOVEMBER 8, 2011
Ignite - a spark of inspiration

Take a stand against bad mobile manners! Remind your team about these Dos and Don'ts of digital etiquette for better meetings and business communications.

Shut off all connective devices before a meeting.
Request others do, too. This is especially important in business settings, says Lew Bayer, president of Winnipeg’s Civility Experts, “where people may be insulted and perceive you as rude, self-indulgent, oblivious and socially incompetent.”
Exercise self-control during business calls.
Yoo-hoo: That means no texting please! “Remember, technology is not an etiquette-free zone,” Bayer says. “All the basic rules of polite social interaction apply: don’t interrupt, don’t shout, don’t use foul language, speak clearly, listen, show emotion and be timely in your reply.”
Count to 10.
“There’s so much left to interpretation in email and texting,” says Carlton Aylett, partner and senior producer with Krista Slack + Aylett Inc., a full-service event marketing boutique in Toronto. Be careful how you word things. “Sometimes it’s good to take a minute before letting your fingers do the thinking.”
Choose technology over the human in front of you.
“It’s always rude to divert your attention to a connective device when a real person is right there, trying to interact with you,” says Bayer. “How many times have I been out for dinner with friends and colleagues alike and nobody’s talking to one another?” quips Aylett. “They’re all texting and pinging others.”
Put a “goofy” ring tone on a business phone.
“There’s nothing more unprofessional than having MC Hammer’s ‘I like big butts’ screaming out of a client’s coat pocket mid-meeting,” stresses Bayer.
Text during face-to-face meetings.
“Unless the meeting organizer states it’s okay, attendees should consider it off limits,” says Bayer. “If someone is talking the least we can do is give our full attention.” Aylett has a different approach. “In our industry we’re always multi-tasking and juggling several projects at a time, so sometimes it’s necessary and convenient to handle things during a meeting,” he says, adding, “Be polite and warn a client you’re waiting for an important message.”

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