Most people seem to at least want to try to strive for good manners. We will hold doors for others, tell them "bless you" when they sneeze, and generally act in civilized ways. For some reason, though, as soon as a lot of people start using the phones, the manners disappear. This leads me to my tip for today:
MINGLE TIP #79: HAVE GOOD PHONE MANNERS
The phone is one of the main places that people communicate these days. They are texting, calling, emailing, etc. more than ever before. If you want to have good social skills, you should be careful to keep good manners even when you aren't communicating in person. Here are some thoughts:
(1) Don't be a call/text ignorer. If someone calls (or texts) you and you aren't interested, at least give them the courtesy of answering. It doesn't necessarily even have to be immediate. Just don't be a chump and just ignore someone with the hope that they will eventually figure out that you don't want to talk. Good grief.
(2) Do your best to answer people within 24 hours. I know that everyone is busy. 24 hours should be plenty of time, though, to at least get back in touch with someone who has contacted you. It should be common courtesy.
(3) Don't give your phone number out if you know that you don't like the person. Some people give out their phone number when asked just to avoid the discomfort of having to say no. Come on people. Let's act like adults and not lead people on.
(4) Don't answer your phone when you are having a conversation. I may sound like a cranky old man, but in the not too distant past, people used to have to wait until they got home to check their messages (and they didn't die!). I think we can afford to wait a few minutes before checking our messages if we are in the middle of a conversation.
(5) Don't look at your phone in an attempt to get someone to stop talking to you. My goodness. What is it about our phones that bring out so much rudeness in us? If you want to stop talking to a person, try to figure out a way to gracefully end the conversation. Don't be rude and rely on the old phone check to bail you out.
So, there you have it. Don't forget that there is another person on the other end of the line when you are interacting with someone by phone. Use good manners whenever possible. You will probably be doing better than most.
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