Road warriors undoubtedly find that as they walk into a busy, crowded area at the airport or hotel is when they receive an important business phone call from someone they have been trying to reach earnestly.
Conducting business conversations on the road can be challenging, and many travelers find that driving to the airport might be the only time they are alone or they are forced to retreat to their bland hotel room.
Ignoring another traveler's business conversation, even if it's merely tidbits of a mundane exchange, can be difficult, sparking many road warriors refrain from conducting them.
Private conversations should be viewed as sacrosanct, but many business travelers conduct them indiscriminately among hotel lobbies, airports and even train and subway stations.
The number of phone conversations which can be easily overheard without someone surreptitiously walking by or accidentally leaning over is astonishing, said Matt Eventoff, a Princeton, N.J.-based communication and messaging strategist who travels roughly half the month domestic and abroad.
"It is both shocking and amazing the number of what should be confidential conversations where one can hear people and company names in airports at crowded gates, on planes before takeoff and even in public restrooms," he said. "I don't mean hear through active listening, but hear because the conversation is full volume."
Privacy should be regarded as an equal transaction, because most people are not fans of strangers overhearing their conversations and the reverse is also true, said April Masini, a New York-based relationship and etiquette expert and author. The rules of proper etiquette in public spaces are increasingly becoming blurred.