A newish form of a lack of social skills
October 21, 2013 7:34 AM Subscribe
I no longer know how to end a phone call. I feel like an idiot. How do I gracefully get off the phone like a normal human
posted by A Terrible Llama to human relations (27 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I've lost the rhythm of normal phone-based interactions.
I send too many emails and have far too few phone conversations due to the way my work is set up. I'm now in the position of having these occasional professional phone calls and not knowing how to get off the phone. And I mean at the highly detail level -- that last few seconds where there's a pause and then an 'Okay, talk to you next week' or whatever -- I keep feeling like I'm startling people even though all of the cues exist that we both know the call is about to end, like I've somehow been rude even though technically, I'm saying the correct lines. The feeling is sort of like when two people are going through the door at the same time -- that type of awkwardness.
This is true whether the person works for me, whether I work for them, whether we are on the same team, or not. Etc.
It is less common if I'm in a meeting or running a meeting -- in that case, it's pretty much 'All right, guys. This has been helpful. Thanks everyone." and then everyone starts goodbyeing and thanking and hanging up in a series of beeps.
For context, these are conversations that are in professional-friendly. Generally there's a purpose to the calls, but a little friendly chatter thrown in. I'm not sure whether or not I'm asking for a script, because as far as I know, I'm following a script.
tl/dr: how can I be less of a dork when signing off on the phone?