I work with some regular clients, but a lot of my work is one-off projects for small business clients.
(And again, what I’m about to say doesn’t apply to you, because your reaction is much more significant than garden-variety “I don’t like the phone” stances you’re in a position where you’re calling the shots.) As email and text-based communication becomes more and more ubiquitous, the number of people who hate talking on the phone keeps going up.
There are a of people who hate talking on the phone and who actively avoid it.
I get some of my work through a freelancer platform, where I can advertise my services and see job postings that businesses create.
When I see a job that suits me, I send a short pitch message and samples of my work to start the conversation.
I shake just thinking about it, and I get so flustered on the phone that I can become practically unintelligable, so I don’t sell myself well over the phone anyway.
I also really like to have every conversation in writing so there’s no confusion about job guidelines, deadlines, etc.
For example, you can say: “My schedule makes it hard for me to jump on the phone, but I’d be glad to answer any questions you have by email, and I can usually be quite responsive that way.” Or if you want to be clearer that you’re always going to be unavailable by phone: “I have a medical issue that means I don’t use the phone, but I’d be glad to answer any questions you have by email, and I can usually be quite responsive that way.” The rest of this post doesn’t apply to you, but I’m going to hijack it in order to talk about phone phobias more generally.
Generally speaking, I think people who dislike the phone would be doing themselves and their careers a service if they sucked it up and got on the phone even when they don’t want to.
You can call out there and enter any 3 or 4 digit code to use right away, or you can have us set you up a more personalized room that will allow you to record your own room greeting, and use extra features to control your room.
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While room service can often elicit luxurious connotations―breakfast in bed, anyone?