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Minding your P's and Q's just got easier with these Howcast videos about how to have good manners.
You Will Need
- Common sense
Don't walk and text
Don't walk and use your PDA at the same time. It slows down those behind you and can be downright dangerous at an intersection. Sidestep foot traffic and stop for a minute to read or type instead.
Use with caution
Use portable devices judiciously during a meeting. Nearly 90 percent of workers in a survey said it's rude; half would ban them from meetings altogether. More important, your boss may think it's disrespectful. Two-thirds of executives do according to a separate poll.
Show some respect
Don't use your PDA while someone is speaking directly to you. If you're expecting a crucial call or message, inform them you may be interrupted. When the call comes through, excuse yourself to answer it.
At a larger gathering, check messages discreetly; hold the device down low so it's not in the speaker's sightline, and be sure to turn off any keyboard clicks or beeps so you don't disturb those around you.
Unless you're expecting a call momentarily and need to be hands-free, remove your earpiece. Trust us: walking around with a gadget in your ear is not a good look.
Redefine the word "important." How many messages is it really necessary to reply to immediately?
A simple signature will do
When signing off on e-mails, keep in mind that "xoxo" annoys 25 percent of people surveyed, and "cheers" irritates 13 percent of them.
Go cold turkey
If you find it impossible not to check your messages compulsively, leave it in the car or tucked into a deep pocket of your bag when something important requires your attention. Like any other addict who goes cold turkey, you'll eventually realize you can live without your fix. At least for an hour or two.