Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh
chris_walsh

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The voice of annoyance

Do
I
have
to
pro
nounce
every
word
(almost every syllable)
like
a
separate
word
to
be
understood
over
the
phone?


I keep thinking I have a clear, understandable voice on the phone, and people -- solicitors and survey people mainly -- can't seem to understand me. I think I'm clear, to them I'm not. Is what I say that weird, that unexpected, that hard to understand? Is it that mush-mouthed? Even when I try to speak slowly and distinctly, too many people don't understand me.

It happened again a few minutes ago. Somehow "I'm Chris, I'm the head of the household" was too much for a survey taker to understand after she asked "May I speak to the head of the household?" AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING WRONG. Is my accent weird? Occasionally. Is my word choice too odd? Yes it is sometimes, but I don't think it was then. I ALSO WASN'T TALKING TOO FAST. Yes, I know that can be a problem when I speak. (One reason I'm often fast? I know a lot of people who interrupt.)

I should be better at this. I want to be better at this. I'm sick of it always seeming like I'm the one doing it wrong. I don't want the bane of my existence to be the word "What?"
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