Back when I used to work at a jewelry company, I was responsible for changing price tags on actual items, and I often had to call stores around the country and talk to actual people. Being forced to do so helped me overcome my fear of talking on the phone (which is weird, since I was one of those teenagers who could talk on the phone for six hours straight).
But then I went to work at UH Manoa, and when you’re an admin at UH, it’s easy to turtle up in your office and not have to speak to people very often, so my phone skills plummeted once more. When I started Pikko’s House, the very mention of a phone call with a client made me want to run away screaming. The rare phone call I did do was basically me saying “Uh huh” ad nauseam.
Actually, I don’t know why I wrote that in past tense. I still hate it. LOL! I am getting better at it again, though.
Skype video is on another level of NOPE. It means I need to clean my living room (ugh). And put on makeup (double ugh). Add in the fact that I have Resting Bored AF Face and we have major issues.
How about you? Are you great on the phone or do you avoid it like the plague?
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This is so me! I’ve always hated the phone. I’d rather talk to someone in person than on the phone, and email is even better.
Yes! Also, I really don’t like not having something I can refer back to. I might not remember every detail from a phone call from a month or two ago!
hey Crystal — I stumbled across this, after looking at today’s cartoon (Sept 5th 2018) and had to laugh – and comment. I have a tongue with a mind of its own – meaning I start to say one thing, mind leaps ahead while mouth begins to engage, and voila! I create new words!
If on Skype video this means my client gets to see me make multiple confused faces as I try to regain footing. At least some are pretty entertained by my antics — but! If you want to get out of a Skype video stare-down, just tell the client that your camera went out — or! — that if you use video it taxes your connection (which is actually a possibility) and the call may be dropped.
You could also wear a veil….your bored resting face won’t be as obvious…. :o))))
OMG! My bored resting face is SO BAD. And yeah, I shoved my camera somewhere that I won’t remember so that I can be like, oh, video? No can do. lol
The few times I have dared a Skype video, I looked like I was looking into a Christmas ball. The camera is not kind to me.
And I used to be fantastic on the phone, but now I can’t tell if I am interrupting or if the silence is going on too long. Just text me, people. Text, email, instant message, or even better, put comments in the document, and I’ll reply to those!