#1
thankfully i dont have the stutter where you stammer through your words like he-he-he-he-hello. but sometimes i get this thing thats like a speech block. where i try to say something and nothing comes out, just a silence of failure.

problem is, i just got offered another job at my office, with better pay and better hours, but i have to deal with phone calls. and thats where im at my worst, for some reason i have trouble getting the word "HELLO" out, which as you can imagine makes awkward silences right at the start. other than that I have no other speech problems. And it only happens when i dont know who im talking too, so at my job, thats gonna apply to every single call.

So what do you think? should i take this job? and are there anyone else out there like me who has this same problem? tell me some stuff you do to counter it.


btw my phone calls sound like this

*picks up phone
Me: .....................
Caller: um...
Me: HELLO! (since its blocked and im forcing it, when it finally comes out its loud and angry)
Caller: wtf?
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#3
Go see a doctor or speech therapist? I worked in a call centre and after the first 2 or 3 calls you stop being nervous.
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#4
Good idea number 24!

I get that too TS, it's no big deal unless it really affects your confidence, in which case I'd speak with somebody about it. Maybe your GP can direct you to a speech therapist?
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Good idea number 24!

I get that too TS, it's no big deal unless it really affects your confidence, in which case I'd speak with somebody about it. Maybe your GP can direct you to a speech therapist?

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#6
just give it some practice and you'll get better at it. for instance, the first call you take will be pants, but imagine yourself after you've worked there for a month, right at home and relaxed, and you should see that you'll get used to it and be good at taking calls from stangers.

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Go see a doctor or speech therapist? I worked in a call centre and after the first 2 or 3 calls you stop being nervous.


yea hopefully i get used to it, i dont want to spend money on a speech therpist just for a "speech block" you know what i mean? even though its obviously a big problem for me at the moment. i wish there was some like breathing techniques or something, maybe i'll start meditating up in this ****
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#8
I have the same problem man, I figured out taht if I throw a quick "aaa" or "umm" in front it helps me get it out. And I work at a call center so it can be frustrating sometimes
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yea hopefully i get used to it, i dont want to spend money on a speech therpist just for a "speech block" you know what i mean? even though its obviously a big problem for me at the moment. i wish there was some like breathing techniques or something, maybe i'll start meditating up in this ****

Well it's better to get it treated than for it to get worse you know?
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#10
Just get a small tape recorder and just record a very calm and welcoming hello into it at home and then just play that over the phone at the beginning of your conversation and start talking. It may sound stupid but a friend of mine who was having nearly the exact same problem as you used it and he did great at his job for a year before he left.
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Just get a small tape recorder and just record a very calm and welcoming hello into it at home and then just play that over the phone at the beginning of your conversation and start talking. It may sound stupid but a friend of mine who was having nearly the exact same problem as you used it and he did great at his job for a year before he left.


haha, that actually sounds pretty good. maybe i'll use batman
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#13
I would try the job out. The more you practice the easier it will get.
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Just make sure the guys you work with don't get hold of whatever you play the message with.

Or you might start a conversation with something like Duke Nukem

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I...I'd h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-h-elp you b-b-b-b-b-b-b-ut i have a spe-speec...speec...spee-speech bl-

No offense, but I myself find that in bad taste.

Talk it over with the manager. Ask them if they can help (recommend to a speech therapist or something).
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Just make sure the guys you work with don't get hold of whatever you play the message with.

Or you might start a conversation with something like Duke Nukem

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haha duke nukem

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idk, i knew someone who had a stuttering problem really badly, if anyone questioned him about it he would beat the living **** out of them, he was pretty badass, so yea get buff and beat the **** out of people
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haha duke nukem

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Also, the guy who did the stutter joke, that wasn't funny. At all.
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idk, i knew someone who had a stuttering problem really badly, if anyone questioned him about it he would beat the living **** out of them, he was pretty badass, so yea get buff and beat the **** out of people

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#20
Maybe try doing at self consciously as soon as you pick up the phone. Like in one step, pick up the phone and say hello. Try doing it so it becomes your second instinct when you answer the phone
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#22
I don't have a stutter, but I mumble when I talk. And sometimes I need to think out a sentence before I say it, or else it will all come out in the wrong order.

I say take the job. Ask your friends or family to help you by making practice phone calls. Tell them to ring you randomly during the day by surprise. And if you have an interview to do first, be as confident as you can.
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I don't have a stutter, but I mumble when I talk. And sometimes I need to think out a sentence before I say it, or else it will all come out in the wrong order.

I say take the job. Ask your friends or family to help you by making practice phone calls. Tell them to ring you randomly during the day by surprise. And if you have an interview to do first, be as confident as you can.


i actually did the interview last week, and im just waiting for my drug test results. when im talking to someone im fine. it only happens on the phone, i think its because i have to say "hello". you know, theres no other way around it. and i probably focus too much on that word that stresses me out and makes the speech blocked. but anyway the boss called me today, i thought it was gonna be about my drug test, but thats when she offered me the job that dealt with the phones.

and now that i think of it, the job i applied for is $8/hr. this job with the phones is $13/hr. so **** it, if i stutter, whatever, the paycheck will make it worth it
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#24
Oh, I have the EXACT same problem. I have discovered that if you whisper the word to yourself beforehand(I have no such block when whispering), it sort of...removes the block. Not 100% guaranteed, though, not even for me, but it does help a lot.
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