Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say?
Heck yes, I do.
And not just for telephone calls. I rehearse what I’m going to say when I’m fairly certain the chances of having any kind of conversation with a human being is about to occur. How else will I remember to say all the clever things I need to say? I even try to come up with several possible one-liner scenarios for specific instances that may come up. That way I’ll look like I’m witty and quick on my feet.
Okay, that last part isn’t 100% true. I don’t plan out potential outcomes with possible one-liners. I really am just that witty and quick on my feet.
But it is true that I have been known to rehearse what I want to say to people, whether it be on the phone or in person. I don’t think I’m alone in this. It was kind of a relief to find out that Riley Finn, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, sometimes practiced his conversations prior to actually talking to Buffy in the episode “Something Blue.”
For him, it was mostly about being nervous when talking to Buffy, an intimidating, pretty girl. For me, it’s mostly about doubting my abilities to form coherent sentences when participating in pretty much any conversation and feeling like an idiot when my social awkwardness kicks in and I can’t carry my side of the dialogue.
What about you? Do you practice what you’re going to say on the phone or in other situations? Let me know in the comments!
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.