Is your constant lack of eye contact sabotaging your career and relationships? While most readers will nod in agreement that undivided attention is a rare courtesy afforded to their peers, staff, and friends, they’ll nod while reading an e-mail or returning a text on their mobile phone.
For most, it’s unlikely they’ll change this behavior even if Smartphone were renamed to Rudephone – because it truly makes you appear rude instead of smart. Openly declare your rudeness and unprofessional behavior by checking your e-mail and returning texts during meetings, lunch, or even hallway conversations.
Perception is a powerful force.
Unmanaged perceptions will blindside you about how your leaders, peers, staff, and friends judge you. And they do judge you — especially when you can’t be bothered to maintain eye contact during a one-on-one conversation.
Don’t believe you are the exception and have masked how dependent you are on your mobile device. It doesn’t matter what you believe your image is anyway. It only matters that others are annoyed with your behavior — their perception of you trumps yours and translates directly to missed opportunities in business, networking, and friendship.
Is it really that difficult to actively listen and to actively participate without interaction with your mobile device?
It’s probably the easiest thing you could master that would have a disproportional positive effect on your life. Why? Simply because you will stand out as professional, courteous, and engaged in a world filled with interrupt-driven device junkies.
What annoys you the most about smartphone habits during attention-requiring interactions?