Bad Combo: Phone Calls and Coffee Shops

It’s common place to make the local Starbucks your “office” for many businesses that are starting out or when you need a surrogate office.

Coffee shops are great for catching up on paperwork, projects and basically anything that can be done on your laptop. What are coffee shops not good for? Making phone calls. Cell phones amplify background noise and this neat feature will magnify all the wonderful noises in the coffee shop you are visiting. It also annoys your fellow coffee drinking neighbors. The antidote: a noise canceling bluetooth device ( doesn’t help with the over caffeinated neighbors, though).

Remember to save your colleagues, clients, vendors employees etc., from the noises of:

  • sipping coffee
  • the steam machine
  • keyboard clicking
  • eating
  • chewing gum

All of these are guaranteed to annoy the person on the other line and damage communication. Plus, it’s just good phone etiquette.