Put The Phone Down, Take Initiative


Sometimes, you just have to take initiative. If things aren’t happening the way you want them too, or on your schedule, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands. With having to book guests for a radio show and using email as the main form of communication, sometimes getting a response back on my end can be, well, delayed.

One of the the guests I had to book was willing to come on the show, but we also wanted her coworker to come on the show as well, but his availability was a little more strained. Days had passed, and after some unpromising emails from her about her partner, I decided to take initiative and go to his office and book him for the show in person.

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In the back of my mind I thought that maybe I was pushing my boundaries; with the mobile, electronic lifestyles we’re used to living nowadays, we’ve put up boundaries that never used to be present before, where we have to email or text someone for an answer instead of calling or meeting them face to face. So that voice in my head left quickly.

I approached his office door, knocked, and after waiting for him to finish a phone call, I was able to speak to him and book him for the interview for the show, all done in under five minutes. An email or text can take seconds to respond to, but can be easily dismissed or forgotten. Someone meeting you face to face or talking on the phone, the pressure is on and your on the spot right then.

When talking in person, face to face, you can’t rethink or edit what you say before you hit the send button. You have to think on the fly and respond without thinking sometimes. So when I approached the person about the interview, it may have been pushy, but by putting the email aside, talking in person, and taking the initiative, I was able to got hIm booked for the show.

– Joe Fischer

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4 Responses to Put The Phone Down, Take Initiative

  1. wujesi says:

    Totally. I don’t really like how all conversations are relied on the technology because things get lost in translation. You can’t READ certain social cues…. for example: sarcasm. When you can see someone face to face, you can read these cues and know exactly what you need to do to execute your plan. That’s awesome that you took the initiative to meet the client in person, some people would’ve just ignored the whole situation. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Taking the initiative to talk to someone in the work place face to face is something that gives me a little bit of anxiety. I guess talking face to face is something that Millennials struggle with because we have grown up surrounded by technology that can do all the talking for us. I wish I wasn’t part of this Millennial stereotype, but sometimes I can’t help it. I applaud you for taking the initiative to talk to your future guest in person. That is something that I would have wasted hours on having an internal struggle if I could do that or not. Does anyone have any advice on how to get over the fear of talking face to face with someone in the work place? Thanks for your post Joe!

  3. pdxsx says:

    Well done, Joe! Great post; superb insight! This is a perfect example of an outstanding post.

  4. Alison Jelden says:

    Congrats on booking someone for the show! I agree it is a hard balance between email and face to face. For me, I do a lot of phone calls with clients and vendors. It’s more direct than emails but not as personal as face to face. If you need to be direct and explain details with someone, I reccommend calling. It’s more uncomfortable but worth the extra effort in communication!

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