Email, text, letter, fax, aeroplane message in the sky...
Seriously - anything other than speaking!
I’m still not entirely sure how people can casually converse on the phone (and in person really) seemingly without any effort at all. This aversion to communicating over the phone is one that is certainly shared amongst the anxious community on a very large scale. This post is intended to give simple guidance to anyone who may share the same concerns.
It is a legitimate phobia, and the scale of people who prefer their non-verbal cues is certainly evident and not to be dismissed. A survey in 1993 reported that about 2.5 million people in Great Britain have telephone phobia – so we are not alone! Although there can be varying degrees of severity, in general telephone phobia is more common than we think.
So here are some suggested ways of getting around this:
And that’s it! I hope some of these tips were useful and can be put to good use. Let me know in the comments if anyone else has some advice to share when it comes to phone conversations.
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