Me: Okay, so when would be a good time for me to follow up with you next week?
Client: Uh… you know. Whenever. Whenever your instincts tell you it’s a good time.
Client: Yeah. So when you just get that feelin’, uh, like, ‘it’s time,’ then you can just call me.
Me: Okay… I’m just going to call you on Monday, okay?
Client: We’ll see how you feel.
This is what it’s like trying to communicate with my mother (except that I’d be wrong. And her feelings would be hurt.)
By Gary O’Brien
Part 2 in my Mental Health guides. Part 1 here.
In the modern world we no longer have to fear our crippling social anxiety. Why, just a few clicks away we can find literally tens, maybe even several tens, of people on the Internet who are ready, willing and able to talk to us using our typed words. No more face to face interaction where you worry about having this conversation:
“Hey! How are you doing? You look fantastic. Have you been working out?”
“I need to report a fire.”
“Oh my god? Is there a fire?”
“I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH!”