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How can I use a cell phone at work for work purposes without appearing to be slacking off?

If you are with other people when you choose to do something on your phone, simply excuse yourself to them: Since we have a few moments here, I think I'll update the case notes on this situation ...
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How can I politely ask someone to get off their phone?

There are a couple of suggestions you can try. You can first start with more polite one. If this doesn't work, you can try a more direct approach. When you start having meal or conversation, switch ...
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How can I politely ask someone to get off their phone?

Stop talking. Seriously. If they pick up their phone, just stop talking. It's that simple. "So I was at your mother's house last week when..." "What, oh, sorry got a text." "Like I was saying, I ...
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How to end a work conversation on the phone?

If you can't change the timing of these phone calls, then whenever you start the call make sure to warn your boss of your time limits. Hi Boss! Before we start I just want to give you a heads up ...
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The issue of phones (or how to politely read a text)

You can just say it is a text/call you were expecting from a family member. The reason this works is due to 2 factors You bring up the fact that you are about to check your phone, this is not ...
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How many time should you try to call someone if the other person is not answering?

It all depends on whom and how you are calling someone. If you're calling a private landline, then there is a possibility that people didn't hear it as they may be in another room. A company phone ...
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How do I best handle offering my phone upon request without becoming a phone booth

I hate to sound this cynical, but.... Ya... That sounds more than a little suspicious. At least by US standards were nearly everyone has a cellphone, it's suspicious. To see if it's also suspicious to ...
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How can I politely ask someone to get off their phone?

Did you want that? Offering to eat/drink their order might offer as a motivator to pay attention to the meal. Anything interesting on there? If it is interesting, it might serve as a conversation ...
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How to end a work conversation on the phone?

First off: any meeting that lasts more than an hour (some would say 45 minutes) is poorly planned. I would NOT mention that to your boss. Try to generate an agenda for these calls so that you both can ...
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Preventing strangers from touching my phone without causing negative response

A friend of mine which had a similar aversion had himself diagnosed and treated for minor OCD and I believe he handles the situation better now. Without saying you have OCD or that you should follow ...
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Is there a polite way to ask for the person calling to identify themselves first?

Many companies sell their clients' list to other companies, because they have a business agreement, or because they just make money selling data to someone who won't hurt their business. For instance, ...
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How to stop my friend's insane phone addiction

What you describe is the typical spiral of a computer or internet addict: They have a problem in the real world (bad at school, bad with girls, can be literally anything). They feel like they cannot ...
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How to stop my friend's insane phone addiction

Like with every kind of addiction the hardest part is to make the person admit they have a problem. You did the right thing trying to address it with him and I would say you should give it a couple ...
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How can I politely ask someone to get off their phone?

You are overthinking this. If they are on their phone for extended periods of time while in your company, they are the ones being rude to you. Why should you think of the most polite way to call ...
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How do I best handle offering my phone upon request without becoming a phone booth

Sometime later I felt bad about denying his second request and I didn't feel right Do not listen to that feeling, what you did was exactly right! Helping out once is all well and good, who knows ...
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How do I convince my father to use his cell phone?

I"m going to challenge your question as a whole here. Through most of his life, when he left the house, he was unavailable via phone. That's HIS usage pattern of the phone. Why does he need to ...
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How do I convince my father to use his cell phone?

I faced a similar situation with my mother, who is technically competent but tended to go out either without her phone, or with it turned off. After we had a situation that was complicated and ...
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Ask one of my solicitors to call the other

I have encountered situations like this in the past: you are working with two different people, who could see each other as competitors, or as collaborators. It is in your best interest to encourage ...
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Is there a polite way to ask for the person calling to identify themselves first?

IMHO - if the caller does not identify themselves it's already rude and impolite. There is no need to try to be polite to them. Second, and this is more psychological, when you ask them and they ...
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How many time should you try to call someone if the other person is not answering?

I'm from France but I believe that there might be some cultural differences that I'm also interested in. My knowledge of French culture and etiquette is limited - I'm UK based so this is from a UK ...
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How many time should you try to call someone if the other person is not answering?

Though, there is no written etiquette regarding the number of times one should try calling or wait for certain time period during each subsequent call. However, there is a procedure I usually follow. ...
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How can I politely stop my friend from using mobile in class?

You can't stop her. It is her decision to do so, and chances are very high that she's already aware that she misses out on the lecture's content, and that she decided to do it anyway. All you can do ...
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How to talk to my parents about their excessive social media usage?

First point would be to make them actually realize how often they pick up their phone. Talk to the entire family about making a game/challenge out of it. You could use a system like a swear-jar, and ...
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How can I use a cell phone at work for work purposes without appearing to be slacking off?

Where I work we've been informed multiple times to not be seen messing with cell phones, and we are not to connect any personal devices to the networks here at work. Here's what I've done, and it ...
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How can I politely ask someone to get off their phone?

in this situation I like to introduce a game to my opposite: Lets put our mobiles in the center of the table - the first that makes a sound pays the bill. In the game your opposite has something to ...
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How do I best handle offering my phone upon request without becoming a phone booth

Unless it's an emergency, there's no need to give your phone, let alone a second time. They should approach someplace else or someone else than having to bother you again. It's strange they don't have ...
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The issue of phones (or how to politely read a text)

In addition to @moonpire00's answer, I think that it would be good to frame this as a question, rather than assuming their consent. Sorry, do you mind if I take/read this? It's _______ (valid ...
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How can I politely ask someone to get off their phone?

Something I've done in a similar situation is ask, "Is this a bad time?" And then ... wait. If they actually see your company as more engaging as their phone, they'll get the hint. On the other ...
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