This article was written in collaboration with Dana Campbell, Communications Manager, PGi Customer Care.
Meetings happen every day, everywhere and all of the time. Whether you’re at the office, airport, car, carpool line or the kitchen table, all of these places come with a myriad of noises and distractions you don’t necessarily want played into your meeting. Here are 7 reasons why the mute button is a must-have in your next meeting.
1. While the potato chip industry appreciates your support, your meeting participants won’t.
We’ve all had meetings scheduled in the heart of lunch hour and, yes, we’ve all had our stomachs growl at us in a desperate plea. Our first instinct to temporarily cure our hunger pains is to grab that zip-lock bag of stale Lay’s from last Tuesday’s sack lunch. Before your entire meeting is disrupted by your mid-meeting snack, simply hit the mute button and continue to chow down.
2. Face it, everyone can hear you typing.
Either you need a new, sound-free keyboard (do those even exist?) or you need to focus on the meeting at hand. Try to answer any urgent emails before your meeting. If you’re typing up notes, mute yourself until you have input to share.
3. Working from home?
Your doorbell is the last thing you’ve probably prepared for… until it rings during a meeting. Does every lawn service in town somehow get notified when you have an important meeting? Be sure to position yourself away from the doorbell and even consider placing a “No Soliciting” sign on your front door.
4. Not everybody loves Taylor Swift.
What? Your heart isn’t hanging by a thread? With better-than-ever audio quality, your meeting participants may be subjected to your background noise. For the love of all things Taylor, pause your iPod until the meeting is over.
5. Unzipped lips.
Even though you’re looking at your computer screen, wearing a headset and taking notes, co-worker Carl just can’t wait to tell you about his run in with Bon Jovi’s long-lost identical twin. If you have a door, close it. If you’re cube bound, consider taping a “Quiet, Please!” sign (think Ghostbuster’s logo) to your desk or computer.
6. There’s just no reasoning with dogs and babies.
We love them, but they can be noisy. Try your best to feed and change your munchkins before your meeting to prevent any outbursts, or make sure they are in another room during critical calls.
7. When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.
Sometimes nature beckons and you have to take a “bio break”. It’s really tough to explain the flush, so when duty calls, save yourself the embarrassing explanation and just mute yourself.
I think we can all agree that no one wants these noises magnified into our meetings, whether we are working from home or in the office. Luckily, this issue can easily be prevented with a simple keystroke or two. If you find yourself in any of these situations, just remember to simply press the “Mute” button or *6 and meet in peace.
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May the mute be with you.