The perfect gift is a special fabric pouch which blocks all incoming calls to a cell phone. The nami fabric made bags can block cell phones from receiving calls. Your numbers appear as “unavailable” or “busy network” to the person calling you. The bag also can be used as a pocket for money or cards. It works with all networks and is easy to use, just put your phone into the bag and all calls will not get through. I’ve even seen a version to be used on a date or social occasion embroidered with, “I’ve blocked my phone for you.” How romantic.
How practical in business situations, too. Have you seen the commercials on TV when an interviewee’s phone goes off at the wrong time and the (foolish) interviewee ANSWERS it? And holds her finger up to the prospective employer in a gesture telling him to “hold on”?
Here are several other cell phone turn-offs I’ve encountered:
- In the restroom – Do we really need to even mention this? How nauseating for the person on the other end of the call.
- With clients and customers – Face to face time with clients and customers is priceless. Every client or customer should feel that they’re the most important thing in the world to you at that moment. NOTE: The only exceptions would be when calls are from vendors or others participating in that same deal.
- In the classroom – I love the video I saw recently of an instructor teaching at full speed when a student’s phone rings; he answers it and turns away from the instructor to conduct his call “in private”. Without missing a beat, the instructor grabs the phone and smashes it to the ground, breaking it into a lot of tiny pieces. She continues teaching as if nothing has happened.
- In meetings – Why are we meeting if the subject at hand is not important? Why should everyone wait for certain attendees to refocus on the meeting? Why are unfocused attendees even at the meeting?
- When seeking advice from a boss/mentor/leader/others – Hello!!?? You called ME to ask for help. And you’re putting me on hold while you take another call? Or you’re taking a call while sitting at my desk with me in the middle of a discussion? Come back when you can give me your full attention.
What are some of your cell phone turn-offs?
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