I Must Confess…I Hate Ringing People on the Telephone
Hello one and all! I Must Confess is back after a week off where I spent way too much time cleaning and tidying and doing housework-like stuff for my liking!
But I’m back on deck now so I can share yet another confession with you all.
This week’s confession has been inspired by some of my experiences in the last month where I have had to deal with a variety of trades to get my house ready for sale.
I feel it is time to confess with you my very real, yet very irrational fear of making telephone calls.
Yes, I hate making phone calls. Particularly cold calls to businesses or people I have not dealt with before.
It became crystal clear to me during my month off work that I am beginning to have a real problem with this.
For one thing, I have a history of putting things off if it involves ringing people up. Even the most simple things that could be resolved with a simple phone call. And I can’t even really tell you why that’s the case.
It may be that I am not the most confident or assertive person on the planet so I always feel at a disadvantage on the phone.
It’s more likely that I hate being told no. Or feeling like an idiot when I don’t understand what the person at the other end of the line is trying to say to me.
Whatever the reason, I seem to go to ridiculous lengths to avoid making calls (as does my husband which is probably why we always seem to put off decisions!)
I just want to state that I have no problem talking to people in person – in fact I would much rather traipse across town to go in person to a store to find they are out of the thing I am after than ring them up from the comfort of my own home to save myself the trouble. Truly I would. That’s rather mad, isn’t it?
And I have no trouble conversing with people online or by text. But I am no fan of the phone – I even limit the number of calls I make to friends and family because of my level of discomfort.
Anyway, I recently used the mighty internet to source all the quotes for the various trades I needed to engage to get this house sale-ready.
For one thing, it is often daunting to see so many painters and electricians listed in the yellow pages – without a personal recommendation I have absolutely no idea who to call.
Plus, I get extremely nervous when making calls. The most embarrassing example of this when I involuntarily called a complete stranger darling (why?) when requesting a quote. I then had to find a way to cover that up (I pretended I was talking to one of the kids – phew!)
Like, who does that? That’s just odd.
So, thanks to the wonder of the internet I was able to get our air-conditioner replaced, our ceiling fans installed and our painting done without having to pick up the phone and make a call to anyone.
Online quotes rule!
And, just to make me that much weirder, I am happy enough to talk to people if they ring me, I just hate ringing them. Weird.
I also know that you’re probably wondering how I cope in my job. Well, luckily for me I don’t have to undertake much cold calling in my current job but I seem to fair better in any case at work as I know I HAVE to do it. When I have to call people at work I know I am being paid to do it, so I just get on with it.
If only I could use that mindset here at home…
So there you have it – my overpowering and rather irrational fear of calling people on the telephone.
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