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No-phone zone

- Meridith Freese is the marketing manager for the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the West Des Moines New View Young Professionals coordinator.

20091119-tows-no-phone-zone-300x205Are you guilty of sometimes sneakily checking your phone for texts or emails during meetings? As I step into more meetings, I have noticed that there is usually at least one person looking down at their smartphone.

While our world is becoming more technologically advanced, I still find this to be a bad habit not only in the business world but also in your personal life. 

Here are some things to think about next time you look down at your smartphone during a meeting:

  1. Consideration: It makes you look like you don’t care about what other people are saying.
  2. Respect: It is rude to not look people in the eye when they are speaking.
  3. Engagement: People want to know that you are listening to what they are saying.
  4. Selfishness: It looks like you think your time is more important then theirs.

I am aware that some people will read this and think “but if I have an emergency I am going to answer the phone.”

I am not insinuating that you should not have your phone with you. I think it is perfectly acceptable and more polite to say "Excuse me, I need to take this and step out of the room" than to constantly check your phone during a meeting.

I also think that people assume that millennials believe that it’s ok to be on your phones because this is what our world is evolving to. But I think we can all agree that no matter what age we are, we don’t want to appear inconsiderate of other people.

Especially if you are trying to impress the boss, make the meeting room a no-phone zone. 


-Meridith Freese

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Right on Meredith. I have been guilty of this and sometimes for checking the time. That is why I have gone to wearing my watches again.

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