Thank you for at least considering turning off your cell phones during meetings. This is a step in the right direction. If you could be so kind to take it up a notch, we’d all be happier. Maybe just mute it instead of turning it off or at least mute it before you turn it off.
My biggest complaint about turning your cell phone off during meetings is that, although you are making an effort, you are taking the easy way out. Your cell phone plays that stupid power down music when you turn it off unless the phone is muted. The sound of 100 people simultaneously powering down their phones is getting old and shows most of you don’t know how to work your phones in the first place.
Just mute the phone, or mute the phone first and then turn it off. If you’re not on a plane that is taking off or landing, this is perfectly acceptable. The problem is you don’t how to work your phone in the first place. Instead of reading the manual or asking your kid to show you how to do something, you’re taking the easy way out and powering down en masse creating a symphony of annoyance.