Can You Hold Please?

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

Geri Roskpf PhotoI heard a comment the other day from someone who said they miss the “hold” button on their smart phone. I totally agree. Sometimes it feels really good to say to the person on the other end of the phone: “Can you hold please?”

Don’t know what I am going to do if and when the phone screen not only shows the number and who is calling, but also the face of the person. But knowing how far behind I am technology-wise, they probably already have this feature!

I only had one appointment this morning and thought — great — I’m going to get a lot done. But as it so happens, it’s now early afternoon and my desk looks the same as when I walked in this morning. For whatever reason, today was the day everyone wanted to “talk.”

After getting the business end of a meeting done with a vendor and close friend, we ended up talking about family, church, etc. I was the only one in the office, so our conversation kept getting interrupted by the phone ringing. I so wanted to put everyone on hold so I could finish my story and then listen to hers.

No sooner had she left when another business associate came into the office and, again, we ended up talking for over an hour. I felt she needed to talk to me about what was going on in her life. I had to put all of the things I wanted and needed to get done on hold because she needed my full attention right then.

I had just sat down with another cup of coffee when one of my employees asked if he could talk to me. Again, things were put on hold so I could give him my full attention.

There are times when the “busyness” of our lives needs to be put on hold so we can be a listening ear to others, or we need to take the time to tell others what’s going on our own lives. Yes, it’s good to have a “hold” button on the phone — and in our lives. All you have to do is say: “Can you hold please?”