Question: How Rude Are YOU?

OPEN logoWe do it without knowing it.

We’re rude.

I’m rude.

It’s completely unintentional…or is it?

We multitask. We feign work in the name of posting some pithy status update while $1200 conference registrations are pissed away. Meetings are lost in a swarm of devices. Death by PowerPoint is a given.

How rude has the act of “doing business” become?

I’m one of the newest contributors over at American Express OPEN Forum and thankfully, they let me get a little bit lippy. Snarky, no less. So it’s here, on OPEN Forum, that I pondered my own flavor of rude and contemplated how we can all change the way we do business in a social world…and for the better.

Want a look? Click over to Stop Being Rude: The New Rules for Social Business. And as always, thanks for being the reason I’m afforded the opportunity to write for outlets like OPEN Forum. And I’d love to hear your thoughts on social business and how you’ve changed habits on account of feeling the need to plug back into people.

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JackieDotson
JackieDotson

I find I am growing increasingly impatient with this, not being able to have a cup of coffee with a friend without them not only checking their phone every few minutes, but actually answering the texts and emails that come in. And lord knows I've been guilty of it myself. So over the past month or so, I've been more mindful of my own bad smartphone habits. When I need to focus on something, I put it in my purse or in the other room and focus on the task at hand. The by-product has been I get more annoyed with other people are doing it. But looking back on this year, I can really see where I was phoning it in (pun intended) and I don't want to be that way anymore. I am trying to build something very significant right now, and I cannot do that while wanting to be/wishing/acting/ as if I was someplace else.

Kevin Carlton
Kevin Carlton

People think I'm rude because I won't give out my mobile number. But I'd much rather have a meaningful conversation with the person in front of me than have a meaningless one with someone who isn't.

danny
danny

hello erika, glad to see you're expanding in a good way LOL this whole social media thing is making everyone less social, irony at its finest i have a fancy smartphone because i have 4 kids and when i do business in my real estate dealings i never answer the phone, check email or texts or look something up when i'm doing business with my colleagues. i talk to them and listen to them and we figure shit out. weird huh? when we're done i may check my phone for messages from the kids or my wife or whomever. if people can't wait for 15 minutes to get a hold of me then hey they ain't worth talking to anyway. i have email and voicemail and they can leave me a nice little message to call them when i can. people nowadays are more interested in everything but the person they are with and connecting with them. does anyone remember a scant 10-15 years ago when we weren't so connected and we still managed to survive??? i have been with people who cannot, for the fear of death i suppose, stop looking at the phone or taking calls or texting or answering emails rather than just simply talk to me about whatever. i fear the worst for this generation and this society we live in. smartphones my ass they make us all look as stupid as an ass (donkey) drunk on over ripe apples danny coincidentally i could not post on open because i don't have a social media account

Amy W
Amy W

Ummm, hmmmm, I read this while I was on a conference call that I was hosting... :-/