Would you go through snow and ice just to avoid having to call and make an appointment? Is your telephonesessions ultra-short? Do you know that it is the fear of speaking in phones? And how it can be easier to talk on the phone?
What are the symptoms of anxiety of speaking on the phone?
- Heart beat
- Shortness of breath
- Sweaty palms
- Speech impediment
- Shaky voice
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Thoughts that are constantly circling about ending the call
- Avoiding phone calls
What causes the anxiety of speaking on the phone?
The reasons are individual but arises most often in a situation you have experienced as very unpleasant. Perhaps you have experienced being called by someone who has asked you a question you do not not feel comfortable saying no to because the person was waiting at the other end of the phone.
Perhaps you have experienced being put in a dilemma over the phone, and answered even though you had not found the answer yet. It may also be that the lack of body language and eye contact gives you an unresty feeling and easily come to misunderstand the person you are talking to. Or perhaps a form of performance anxiety occurs because you are “on” as soon as the receiver picks up the phone.
The reasons could be many – but there is always the opportunity to feel better about it if you have the will and practice.