Sprint Wants to School You on Cell Phone Etiquette

Jun 26th, 2006 | By | Category: Audio Podcasting, Educational Podcasts, Strange

Etiquette alert! In recognition of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month in July, Sprint is releasing a wireless etiquette podcast (MP3), encouraging cell phone users to tune in and brush up on their manners.

The podcast is an episode of Sprint’s The Communications Insider podcast.

Sprint’s etiquette spokesperson, Jacqueline Whitmore, founder and director of The Protocol School of Palm Beach and the originator of National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, is featured in the interview-style podcast. “The best way to change behavior is to equip consumers with the knowledge they need to balance etiquette with the convenience provided by wireless devices. That’s why Sprint has been a leader in promoting courtesy awareness,” says Whitmore.

According to Sprint:

Whitmore addresses challenges facing business professionals who rely on wireless phones for their livelihood. “Good manners can make or break a deal and affect your success – and in today’s business environment that includes wireless manners,” she said. Whitmore also offers a few good tips for avoiding common cell phone blunders. “Utilize your phone’s silent or vibrate mode when entering a quiet zone such as a restaurant or meeting and avoid discussing confidential information in public,” she says. While courtesy rules may change depending on the situation, Whitmore is confident that the best way to avoid an embarrassing faux pas is to think before you act. “Etiquette is situational – it’s not black and white. In the end, it all comes down to using your best judgment and common sense.”

Good cell phone etiquette is more important than ever. You never know who’s listening!

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