Do you take calls on the loo/john/potty/dunny?

by Lee Hopkins on December 22, 2005 · 8 comments

in miscellaneous

Do you take calls from nature and clients?
That doyenne of Canadian Comms, Donna Papacosta, points to a conversation she had recently with a Type-A personality who pointed out he definitely keeps his mobile on 24/7 so that clients can do business with him.

Donna quite rightly asks if he answers the phone whilst driving with a mouth full of tuna salad.

I would ask if he takes calls on his mobile while attending to calls of nature.

I knew a chappy who did this — a salesman consultant for a recruitment company who had two mobile phones (one his, one supplied by the company) and he kept them on no matter what.

I once had the amused delight to be ‘adjusting my tie in the mirror’ when I heard a cubicle start talking to me. ‘Twas he taking an incoming call. Then my smile widened as a call came in on his other mobile — which of course he answered.

I wonder if both of his callers figured out why it sounded like he was in a cathedral. Praying for some peace and quiet, I guess…

I certainly keep my mobile on 24/7, but that’s in case my kids call me, and the mobile also acts as my alarm clock. So far no client (no matter where they are in the world) has called me at either 2am or at indelicate moments.

  • http://fabadger.blogspot.com/ Dan Hill

    Talking business to people in ‘non-work’ positions is not a good thing.
    Neither party is going to be comfortable when one has C.I.H.

    Keep the phone on, by all means (I do) but for the love of mercy clean up first, view the missed call and ring back.

  • http://fabadger.blogspot.com Dan Hill

    Talking business to people in ‘non-work’ positions is not a good thing.
    Neither party is going to be comfortable when one has C.I.H.

    Keep the phone on, by all means (I do) but for the love of mercy clean up first, view the missed call and ring back.

  • http://trafcom.typepad.com/blog donna papacosta

    Lee, thanks for expanding on my post about the 24/7 phone guy with your usual sparkling sense of humour. I didn’t even mention the loo in my original post, but I had indeed thought about this person being available ALL the time — even when attending to calls of nature.

    Sheesh. Last year I was at a bar mitzvah when a phone rang. Some folks never turn it off.

  • http://trafcom.typepad.com/blog donna papacosta

    Lee, thanks for expanding on my post about the 24/7 phone guy with your usual sparkling sense of humour. I didn’t even mention the loo in my original post, but I had indeed thought about this person being available ALL the time — even when attending to calls of nature.

    Sheesh. Last year I was at a bar mitzvah when a phone rang. Some folks never turn it off.

  • http://ben.hamilton.id.au/ Ben Hamilton

    I keep mine on 24/7 and my mobile number is readily available on my web site.

    I love the caller ID, if it’s not convenient to answer, I don’t answer it right there and then. The phone is just yet another tool in our modern arsenal of communication weaponry.

  • http://ben.hamilton.id.au/ Ben Hamilton

    I keep mine on 24/7 and my mobile number is readily available on my web site.

    I love the caller ID, if it’s not convenient to answer, I don’t answer it right there and then. The phone is just yet another tool in our modern arsenal of communication weaponry.

  • http://ben.hamilton.id.au/ Ben Hamilton

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