Gadget Etiquette

By Helen Bond

Phone Etiquette MannersIn a world where kids are being raised to text instead of talk as they keep up with the daily antics of Britney Spears and other pop cultural mainstays, etiquette experts like Deborah King are trying to send a different message.

We are in the third generation of people who have lost touch about what is appropriate for dress and behavior,” says King, a member of La Cima Club near Dallas and president of Final Touch Finishing School, which has been giving children, teens and business professionals the polished edge since 1989.

No more white gloves and party manners, King’s lessons stress social skills, common courtesy, respect, and building self-esteem. She travels across the world to conduct customized on-site coaching and workshops for a personal, contemporary approach to minding your manner to help her pupils be successful in life. And that means ditching your high-tech gadgets in the company of others. Whenever you are in the presence of another person, they are the focus,” King says.