I just Love it when someone calls and says, “You got a minute I need to tell you something I won’t take long” so you say “yes” and 20 minutes later you’re still on the phone because said person is now telling you the other 5 things they “forgot” when they called you “for a minute.
Yeah sarcasm doesn’t always translate so well in print but I hope you could feel that one!
There are many people I know with this affliction!
I call them the “just a minute callers” because Every time they tell me “it will just take a minute” and Every time it’s at least 10 or more minutes.
How do you handle that?! I mean without being rude. Which I have been on occasion because I get tired of trying to be nice all the time!
Also those people who you talk to and when it comes time for the end of the conversation to happen, they decide to launch into any and everything they can to keep you on the phone, though saying “I know you have to go but there is just one more thing I will be quick.”
“Quick?” I want to scream at them! Really! I am already behind because your entire conversation was you drawing out your words and repeating yourself and over and over again. Please stop talking!
It really is rude to hang up on people but I seriously want to the majority of the time when I get stuck on the phone with someone like this.
Don’t get me wrong, I can do it too. Usually when I haven’t talked to someone in a while and we don’t get to talk much I try to cram everything in.
However when someone tells me they have to get off the phone, I do my best to cut it short and just tell what needs to be told not all the things I want to say.
When I talk to someone on a regular basis and they repeatedly do it to me it makes me not want to talk to them anymore!
Just because I work from home people “assume” that I have time to take their calls “anytime” and that I am free to do as I please.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Anyone who works from home can tell you that you have to be disciplined to make it work. And it is Work! I may be without makeup in my comfy clothes but I am working!
Although it is somewhat “easy” for me to come up with content for my articles and blogs, it takes concentration and work. Yes, real work!
So just remember the next time you call someone and say “I will be brief I just wanted to tell you a few things” do just That then get off the phone!
Or know that I put you in the “I will take that call later cause they Always take longer than promised” category!
Also, when someone says they are “busy”, whether they are or not, respect them please as it’s obvious that they don’t have all the time in the world to chat with you so don’t keep them on the phone. Otherwise you will be wondering why your calls go to voice mail so often! Or they may just hang up on you. It is effective!
Remember sometimes brief is better!
Stay fabulously graceless my friends!