Cold-calling is common, but what the heck is ‘buzz-email‘? Urban Dictionary defines the word ‘buzz‘ as ‘anything that creates excitement or stimulus‘. Dictionary.com defines ‘buzz‘ as a ‘low, vibrating humming sound, like that of a bee, machinery, or people talking‘.
There was even a Google Buzz, which was a ‘social networking, microblogging and messaging tool that was developed by Google and integrated into their web-based email program, Gmail. Users could share links, photos, videos, status messages and comments organized in “conversations” and visible in the user’s inbox’. Though, this no longer exists.
My interpretation of ‘buzz-email’ is similar to cold-calling. But instead of picking up the phone to heckle someone for something, I shoot emails off. I’ll be ready to admit that I’m not much of a talker when it comes to telephone calls. It’s hard for me to gauge someone’s expression and tone across the telephone line, which reminds me, texting is even worse! People tend to be sarcastic when chatting over the phone or sending a text message but they don’t realize that it is difficult for the receiver to tell if you are being serious or sarcastic. Call me old-fashioned but it is actually quite rude to do that. Honestly, I’d feel insulted if I’m trying to be serious and there you are, preening on the other side and think it is funny to answer in a sarcastic manner. Don’t blame me if I “accidentally” hang up on you.
Okay, back to my point. It is a daily challenge for me since certain areas of my job requires me to make phone calls to specific industries or departments. It is probably an even bigger challenge for my manager to get me to make phone calls! Thankfully, I’m still able to get work done via emails. But I suppose nothing speaks volumes than picking up the phone and giving out an instruction or two to get a matter solved. I’m not sure why I feel this way, that nervous and fearful feeling of picking up the phone to call someone, afraid of being overheard, stammering, saying the wrong things. Can I call this ‘paranoia’? What is there to be paranoid about when calling someone? I don’t just feel it at the office. I actually feel this way when I have to call anyone but family, relatives, or friends. I’m more comfortable in my own skin talking to people I know over the phone, as opposed to trying to make a point with strangers.
Looks like the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt” doesn’t apply to me here. Which activity would you prefer? Call or email?