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  • What’s Irritating about Cell Phones?

    Irate on Phone photo from ShutterstockWhen People:

    • such as my staff, co-workers, friends, etc feel I should be connected all the time.
    • are multi-tasking i.e. driving.
    • use the phone in inappropriate places — during a church service, funeral, formal setting
    • talk loud in public places; or speaking loudly to compensate for bad reception – without consideration for others in the surrounding (train, subway, etc.)
    • leave their phone on the desk or dinner table like they are expecting a call
    • constantly check for calls
    • call me when there is a lot of background noise: traffic, walking downstairs, on stairmaster
    • drop calls because of bad signals; poor connections – reception fading in and out
    • stay on longer than three minutes
    • mumble; don’t speak clearly
    • just start talking without asking if it’s a good time to talk
    • talk on the cell phone when interacting with other people, e.g. at the grocery store, in line at the bank
    • don’t tell you that you are on speaker phone
    • talk but don’t listen
    • answer a cell phone call during a meeting, conversation, while driving with you
    • yelling at other drivers or kids in the back seat when on the cell phone in the car
    • don’t allow time to respond when asked a question; talking over you
    • answer in a nasty tone if the call came at a bad time for them without accepting the fact that the person left the phone on
    • make irritating sounds: blow their noise, clear their throat
    • have loud ring tones
    • have long conversations in public areas; people going on and on in general and when saying goodbye
    • call me when they know I’ll be in the car
    • talk socially to me for long periods without consideration of my limited phone minutes

    So now that you are reminded about what’s irritating about cell phones — don’t be guilty of doing those things.

    D.A. (Debra) Benton has been helping great individuals and organizations get even better for over 20 years. Just as exceptional athletes rely on excellent coaching to hone their skills, Debra's clients rely on her advice to advance their careers. She focuses on what is truly important to convert what you and your organization want to be from a vision into a reality. TopCEOCoaches.com ranks her in the World's Top 10 CEO Coaches noting she is the top female. And as conference keynote speaker she is routinely rated in the top 2%. Her client list reads like a “Who's Who” of executives in companies ranging from Microsoft, McDonald's, Kraft, American Express, Merrill Lynch, United Airlines, and PricewaterhouseCoopers to the Washington Beltway and U.S.Border Patrol. *She is the author of ten award-winning and best-selling business books including The Virtual Executive and CEO Material. She has written for the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company. She has been featured in USA Today, Fortune, The New York Times, and Time; she has appeared on Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and CBS with Diane Sawyer. To learn more Debra advising leaders, coaching, facilitating a workshop, or speaking: www.debrabenton.com

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