My friend Alison Doyle, author at the Job Search channel at About.com, shared this on Facebook over the weekend:
I love this. I’m don’t always feel this way, but there are some calls that I dread. As I’ve thought about calls for job seekers, and now calls for JibberJobber sales, I’ve wondered if the reason we dread making calls is because of the fear of personal rejection. If they don’t want what we have to offer, we take it personally.
Whatever the reason is, let me suggest a great strategy for working through (rather than getting over) your fear of making phone calls. It is:
Pick up the phone, dial the number, and when they answer, have a conversation and ask your question (or, state why you are calling).
That’s it. Just START.
Years ago I wrote about the “chicken list.” The idea is that you have a list of people you are scared to contact… and they never get scratched off of your list… this nags at you day after day, week after week. I challenged you go just CALL the person on your list and get it over with, so you can scratch them off.
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Cross the person off the list… make the call… conquer this fear… and your self confidence will grow. I’ve done it, and I continue to do it, and it works!