Monday, August 22, 2011

On Making Telephone Calls


I am a little shy in some situations. I have no problem getting up in front of a crowded room and talking, but some things make me extremely nervous. Telephone calls, for example. When receiving them, I have to take a couple of deep breaths to psych myself up before picking up the phone. During the conversation, I'll usually limit myself to yes or no answers, even in cases where it doesn't really answer the question asked. I often find myself saying goodbye prematurely, typically several times before the conversation actually comes to an end.

Far worse than receiving phone calls is making them. In general, I try keep most contact - both business and personal - to emails, texts and instant messaging. On those rare occasions when I receive the dreaded email, "Please contact me on 012 345-6789", my pulse starts to rise, and sweat instantly appears in the palms of my hands. After taking several deep breaths, I get up and walk to my phone. After several more deep breaths while just standing there, I go back to my computer, just in case I see a message, "Never mind, we can sort it out over email", which I have to date never received. I go back to my phone, sit down and start dialling the number. Before I finish, I cancel the call, and go to the toilet to empty my bladder. When I get back, I check my email again, still hoping for them to change their mind. Finally, I resign to the fact that I'll have to make the call, and just get on with it.

Fortunately, I don't have to do it often. I can get away with making as few as three or four phone calls a year, including calls to my family, girlfriend and friends. Fortunately the age where phone calls are a daily necessity has passed.

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1 comment:

Robot said...

I'm exactly the same. And my voice goes really high-pitched when I'm on the phone too.

I don't get the point of phone calls in this day and age.