Get Me Off the Speakerphone!

Dear Jean:

I have a personal pet peeve – speakerphones.  I can’t stand to listen to someone who is receiving my call on a speakerphone.  It usually cuts off most of the first word and some of the last word, and the echoes hurt my ears.  What is a tactful way to ask someone not to use the speakerphone with me?

Reply:

When I want to be tactful, I might say, “Will you please pick up the receiver?  I’m having trouble hearing you.”  When I am in an ornery mood, I might say, “Better pick up the receiver – I’m getting ready to say something you might consider confidential!”

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