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Cell phones and business conversations

Posted by Rona Fischman April 27, 2012 01:51 PM

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Last week was school vacation week. Many people were on vacation in warmer climes with their children. Since many agents are using their cell phone as their primary contact, business calls followed them to the sandy beaches.

I don’t use my cell phone for business calls for just that reason. Giving out my cell number means I am never really off work. As someone who regularly works every day, I need some time when I am not expected to be at the phone for business. I also want to use my cell phone on vacation to be available for my friends and family. My solution is to keep my cell private.

Yes, there is caller ID, but that does not name every caller.

Do you use a cell phone for business? How do you get away from work if you do?

Back to the sandy beaches… As it came to pass last week, one of my agents called a listing agent regarding a sudden, negative finding regarding a transaction in progress. (A Title V problem.) The agent was not in business-head when he recieved the call. He was not so nice about it. Sort of, “this is your problem, I am on vacation.” By the time he came back, the attorneys had handled the problem. But, my agent’s opinion of his counterpart is tainted.

Real estate agents now pick up the phone while half asleep, while three sheets to the wind, and while driving. All these things can contribute to unprofessional conversations.

Is it just me, or do you think business was better conducted while sitting at a desk and paying attention? Rant over. Have a good weekend.

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