Call centers

President Barack Obamaa talks on the telephone...

President Barack Obamaa talks on the telephone to the crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The US has lost many call center jobs to India and elsewhere. I was reminded of that fact by the Marigold Hotel movie. I have a hearing loss and I find it hard to understand call center callers if they speak rapidly and/or have a foreign accent. I also resent robocalls or someone speaking rapidly to get through as much of a script as possible in a short time giving me no chance to speak.

I mention my reactions to explain how I approach making calls in support of Barack Obama or others. I introduce myself by name as a live human caller and I deliberately speak slowly, in a normal voice. I seek to gain the confidence of the person on the other end of the line, rather than overwhelm with words from a script. I would rather gain the support of a few than make a large number of calls that do not convince.

I approached calling strangers on Barack’s behalf with trepidation. After I had made several calls, I found that talking about Barack was fun. If you are thinking about ways of supporting his campaign, I suggest that you consideration placing calls on his behalf. Not only can it be fun, it costs little or nothing.