Coffee Shop Etiquette

Both as a student and professional, I have spent a lot of time working in coffee shops. Comfy chairs, the smell of espresso and pastries, relaxing music… why do people have offices at all? Oh yeah, because loud or just plain annoying people can destroy your work environment in seconds. Want to avoid being one of the obnoxious ones? Follow these rules:

Do not:

  1. Have your cell phone ringer on, have a long or loud cell phone conversation, or Skype. Ever heard of vibrate people? I understand forgetting you have your ringer on and quickly grabbing your phone, but after the fifth time it rings in a quiet environment, turn that thing off! I also understand that sometimes it is necessary to answer the phone, even when people around you are trying to study or work, but do you really have to yell? Finally, don’t Skype in public. It is always annoying.
  2. Watch videos or play audio without headphones. This seems so obvious, but you’d be surprised how often it happens. I know you are studying with friends and you HAVE to show them the hilarious video of a chihuahua dancing, but PLEASE just send the link so you guys can laugh about it later.
  3. Sing along with the music. No way this actually happens, right? Wrong. This happens more than you would think. People get extremely comfortable at their regular coffee shop and obviously forget they are in public as they sing along with Cat Stevens and other would-be-soothing tunes.
  4. Bring a baby, toddler or small child unless you have had their vocal chords removed and have taught them to cover their mouth and nose when they sneeze and cough. I hope not to offend all parents with this one because of course not all children are evil and not all parents are oblivious, but many, many are.

Well, I’m glad I got that off my chest. What is the most annoying thing you have seen in a coffee shop?


Stop These Social Media Practices! (PLEASE)

Being young professionals in the PR and marketing worlds, we are basically FORCED to keep a constant eye on social media and the emerging trends. With our continuous scanning of various social media platforms we have developed our “social media pet peeves.” This post is to plead all of you out there in the online world to help us lead the charge to stamp out the following social media practices:

  • Om Nom Nom, #OmNomNom: I don’t care how you insert this, you don’t say it in real-life (Oh God, please don’t tell me you say it in real-life), so don’t put it online. All I can imagine when I read this is that you are currently shoveling that meal you just shot with the Toaster filter in Instagram into your face and are talking with your mouth open.
  • Linking posts to all your outlets: (Thanks to LinkedIn for already doing their part to stop this!) All social media outlets are different, people! I don’t want to see your hashtag on Facebook. Write different content and stop announcing to the world that you’re social-media-lazy.
  • YOLO: Give it up people, this trend has outlived its welcome.
  • Notes to self: I am not your virtual post-it note. I will not keep your diet on track or give you kudos for your 1,590 mile run that you completed in 1.5 hours.
  • Rambling multi-part tweets: I’m following hundreds of peeps, your first segment probably got lost as I’m scrolling through my feed and now I think you are spurting out incomplete thoughts. If you must do this, PLEASE include some indication that the Tweet is either the first or second or third part.
  • #FF: Really, we’re not over this yet? If I can’t figure out how to follow interesting people through their interesting connections, I don’t deserve their insights.
  • Linking to your blog…that’s about a year old, with no new relevancy or reason: If I didn’t read a year ago, I don’t want this old info now! Update! Make it applicable to a current trend or at least tell me why you are sharing it now!
  • Liking every picture someone posts on Facebook:  You have the ability to like the album. I don’t need 1,000,084 notifications on my Newsfeed that you like Stan’s last trip to Vegas.

If you do any of these, we don’t hate you. Some of the things we do on social media might be just as annoying to some people. What are some of the social media practices you think must end?