Phone chat dating, just like anything else, takes a little practice to perfect. It's like learning how to drive a car. At first, we're uncertain and nervous, but the more we drive, the more confident we feel. Also like driving, we have a tendency to think we are better at it than most people when, in fact, there is always room for improvement. With phone chat dating, it's easy to fall prey to the illusion that we don't need any practice, but practice certainly never hurt anybody!
Here are 3 of the most common chat mistakes to practice avoiding next time you pick up the phone:
- Mumbling – Mumbling or otherwise speaking unclearly is the first and most fatal of the mistakes people commonly make on phone chat. Make sure you enunciate and avoid just throwing out a jumble of speech because you are nervous. If you feel yourself speeding up, take a deep breath and make a conscious effort to slow down. For more tips on how to avoid mumbling, check out our past blog Speak Clearly.
- Rambling – When you ramble, people are more likely to tune you out, and that's no fun in a conversation. It's also not a good way to get your point across because a person just can't process everything you are saying, all at once. Instead, be concise. Thinking about what you want to say before you start saying it is a good way to avoid this common mistake.
- Interrupting - Whatever you do, never interrupt someone on the phone (or in real life for that matter!). It's impolite and will put a foul taste in your conversational partner's mouth. Interrupting also implies that you don't care to hear what the other person has to say, and that's definitely not something you want to convey if you're looking to make a friend or start a relationship.
These mistakes are easily made, especially when there are nerves at play. The good news is they are also easy to avoid with a little self-awareness and practice. Chat free of these common mistakes and you will set yourself apart from the conversational crowd and be well on your way to making a meaningful connection!
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