Don’t you just hate it when someone is pushing into “just” pick up the phone, call the person you need and get that answer real quick?
If you do, keep on reading. I experienced something much worse today.
If you’re not, don’t ever advice someone to “just” do it.
For a long, anxiety got the better of me when I needed to use the phone.
I would prepare for days and when I find the courage to finally dial the number, I’d still stutter.
Somewhere along the way I actually managed to get rid of fear, but I still don’t like doing it.
Also with a bit consideration to the other person.
They might just be out of breath because of walking up the stairs.
They might be in a job interviewing and forgot to switch of the phone.
They might be on the toilet.
Their favorite song might be on the radio.
And most likely, they can’t answer you right away anyhow.
In a world of smart phone I prefer to send them a short message beforehand, stating the topic and a time proposal.
Clearly this has been considered as weird and inefficient by my colleagues.
They consider being on the phone as “cool”.
It indicates you’re popular and busy.
Today I was again stood up the same colleague for a meeting.
I walked by another and asked where “mr. too busy for Andrea” was.
“Have you called him?”, colleague asked.
“Nah, he already canceled the meeting (Sunday night 9 o’clock)”, I said, “I was just wondered if you knew where he was”. (NOTHING MORE, NOTHING LESS)
Then he said the magical words:
Let me call him for you.
I only asked a simple, innocent question.
NOT your freaking help.
Will I ever start understanding humans?
How do you feel about making a call?
Do you think it’s efficient? Or do you prefer to send a text upfront?