I am trying to get up the courage to call UMUC to talk to the Enrollment person about a few things. BUT I can't seem to do it. Am I just really shy or just really weird? I can talk all day online and am not shy one bit ut when it comes to having to call a complete stranger I feel so uncomfortable and would rather shoot them off an email.
I don't think you are weird... it is easier for me to write than to talk to someone on the phone as well... try writing out some of the things you want to talk to the enrollment person about before calling them.
I've done the scripting before too. It helps when making a pressure call like a sales cold call or in my earlier days, asking for a date. Not a script that you recite verbatim, but some notes to help with any anticipated rejections like:
"not if you were the last man on Earth"
"do I know you?"
"how did you get this number?"
"if you bother me again, I'll call the police"
I don't know if it was the script itself that helped, or just the act of thinking things through and feeling prepared.
"Hello UMUC Enrollment representative? My name is Ron Montgomery and I'm calling on behalf of a prospective student - Crazd (don't dare call her crazy) Writer."
"I'm sorry, this student asked you to call on her behalf"?
"Yes, you seem to have developed a reputation as a foul-mouthed, pretentious bitch, and CW being the meek and mild type thought she may have difficulty conversing with you, While I on the other hand, eat nasty people like you for breakfast".
"I see, what kind of information is she needing"?
"Don't take that tone with me lady! I'll rip your ears off and feed them to my cats!!"
Yeah, I hate job interviews. I guess I do ok on them, but wanna cry when finished as I feel I have come to the end of the world and they don't want me for the job. I hate dealing with anyone about a job for fear I wont get the job or something...its dumb, but true.
No your not weird, actually most people are probably in the same predicament as you. Here you are getting ready to enter college, at least that's what I think your talking about. And you don't want to look like a dip stick, I agree with what luciendasky said write it down, it will help to calm you down, and get some more compositor. Good luck.
too true girly and everyone else...I don't know why I have such a hard time talking to strangers on the phone. I mean shoot I have to do it all the time as a preschool teacher. But still makes me feel weird calling them. List or no lsit.
LOL. This kinda segues into what I was going to suggest -- that old trick for when you have to speak in front of an audience. Imagine them in their skivvies. So imagine the Enrollment lady in her underwear. That ought to either make you feel "even" with her or else make you laugh. And it's always good (they say) to smile when you make phone calls because people can hear it in your voice.
I'm totally with you on the phone vs. online communication deal. I find that when I am on the phone I end up closing my eyes. Not sure why or whether it helps, just something I end up doing. Or else take notes -- that helps also.
Agree with whoever said above that the longer you procrastinate the harder the call is going to be to make. So get on it, girl! We'll all be here waiting to hear that you had a gr8 conversation! MM
Imagine them naked that really puts eveyone on a more playing field ,specially helpful I found in job interviews (many people would say ..well you seem like a happy n confident person..blah blah blah.. if only they knew where I got my temporary confidence.
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Alright dear, you started this thread quite some time ago, its now, what about 1:45 Cali time? Time to quit dilly dallying and make the call, we'll all sit here patiently while you do so, imagine us as your online moral support.
I myself like the phone - its easy.
Here we go..are you ready...
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