I learned early on that if I was running a networking meeting then in all likelihood someone’s mobile would go off at some point and so I very quickly began reminding people at the start to switch them off or to silent.

It’s good practice to get in a habit of doing this before you enter any event where silence is golden as you do not want to be remembered for your interruption instead of your clever conversation.

It’s happened to us all at one time or another and it’s easily done, however, by making this small effort and ensuring that you’re not the one interrupting the meeting it will not only save on embarrassment but also ensure you retain your professional persona in the room and can get on with making great contacts and developing your networking relationships.

As always I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts on this so please join in the conversation below…