Welcome to Monday
Today is the 18 August which is the 230 day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 135 days remaining until the end of the year.
We’re staying with the topic of “mistaken identities” – or telephone mistakes or “funny wrong numbers”.
I have to admit, I lack Jeff’s ability to remember those things, but I think I could truly say, I haven’t had “a mistaken identity” on the other end of the line. What I have done, though, was during the very first years at my job here in Australia, I answered the phone in German.
We were still in an ‘open office’ with about half a dozen of staff members working there. It was quite a buzz in the office that moment, not sure whether it was stress, or recess or something … the phone rang, nobody answered so I did. Within seconds, the office turned quiet, and I looked up with everyone staring at me.
“You’re talking German,” someone whispered to me.
I didn’t click straight away, and there was a long pause, when I heard the caller say “hello hello … is this ….”
I’m sure I turned red like a tomato, I was so embarrassed.
Any “phone etiquette’s” you’ve broken ?