When I first started researching Asperger's and Autism Spectrum disorder, one of the first things I read was that Aspies dislike talking on the telephone, and much prefer email, text messaging, and other forms of electronic communication. I thought immediately, well, yeah. That describes me perfectly. I find being on the phone exhausting, difficult, and I know I don't communicate what I really feel OR understand what people are trying to tell me nearly as well as when I have words in front of my face. This becomes a real problem when the topic of the phone call relates to important issues--medical, financial, career, etc. Heck, I can't pick up on vocal cues when I am in person, and now I am supposed to do this over the phone? Added to this, I am a visual learner, and have a hard time absorbing what I don't see.
I know many, MANY people who feel exactly the same way who don't have Asperger's--but pretty much every Aspie I've read or talked to does. In my case, it is definitely a family trait. The amazing Erudite Mom is exactly the same way and she is not an Aspie, to give an example.
I am curious--how do you like to communicate? Do you like both, depending on the situation, and if you have a preference, why? And if you are like me and have almost a pathological hatred of making or taking phone calls, what do you do to overcome it in those situations you can't avoid that cursed invention of Mr. Bell?
My ulterior motive for writing this post? Thursday morning I have a phone call interview (not about a job, curses!) of great importance. I have to do a really good job of getting my point across, and I have to do it on the phone. I have it written out what I can't forget to say, but...
I have to admit to being very nervous that I won't do a good job, so any tips and tricks are vastly appreciated by me, and hopefully, other readers of this blog.
Here but for the grace of God go I...