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Management Buzz 09/03

Why cell phones are no longer welcome at meetings; think twice before joining a city commission

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Business owners are pulling the plug on errant cell phone use during meetings. Managers at Traq-wireless, an Austin, Texas, telecommunications consulting firm, have noted that half their corporate clients are enforcing strict no-cell/no-PDA/no-BlackBerry policies. "It's typically driven from the top down, from someone who's irritated and thinks it's rude and inhibits the meeting's productivity," says Jeff Fugitt, director of marketing.

That rings a bell with David Ratner, president of Newman Communications Inc., a 20-employee literary publicity firm in Boston. The common-sense policy adopted by Newman prohibits calls during meetings, especially those with clients. Staff members expecting a pressing call must let clients know before the meeting starts if they might have to step out.

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