I absolutely despise it. I’d rather talk to someone face to face, text them, or email. Once you call someone you may never get a chance to say what you want to say because everything changes over the phone. People have terrible phone etiquette and are rude. I find a person to be much less rude in person.
I am better able to gather my thoughts when I write them down, but even if I write down a script for my phone calls I may not get a chance to say it all because I’m interrupted, or the person’s phone demeanor throws me off, or they don’t have time. If I write it down and send it to you, than you can read it when you have time and you can hear everything I have to say. We can even talk about it later, face to face. If you choose not to read it, that is your choice. If I call you it’s like an unwritten contract that you have to talk to me, even though you don’t want to.
To prepare to make a phone call can take hours for me. I agonize over what will be said, how they will take it, what their response will be, how I will react to what they say. I fear rejection, I don’t like sounding unintelligent, and I’m a big chickenshit. I’m not even sure what I’m afraid of. Writing has just always made more sense to me. I get all of my thoughts out and can revise it and make sure I’m saying exactly what I want to say.
Phone calls just seem like a way to solicit me for something I don’t want, or I would have called you, or come in to your store, or emailed you. If I want your credit card, product, service, or information, I will find you myself. I despise telemarketing and think it should be illegal to call someone’s home and push things on them. ( I feel the same way about door to door solicitation ) And I’m a person who sells things!! I’d rather have my business spread through word of mouth than calling you at random because I got your number from so and so. (which I think is a huge violation in privacy)
So whether I’m a chickenshit or not I still hate phone calls. I will call you if you personally give me your number and ask for information, but otherwise, no deal. I’m not taking your number from so and so and then calling you. I want to share great products with people, but I don’t want anyone to feel like they have to. I’m tired of doing what everyone else says I should be. I’m going to do what is comfortable for me.
For those of you who are comfortable on the phone, please don’t be offended when I hang up. Or you can be upset, but I don’t appreciate a stranger calling me about anything I haven’t already expressed interest in. We live in the age of google, I’ll find you if I need you or a friend I know and trust will tell me about you. If the world goes into crisis and all the computers crash the least of my worries will be phone calls.