Saturday, March 1, 2014
A Handset? Really?
Over the course of my professional career(s), I spent a lot of time on long-duration phone calls. I will guarantee that if you do so, at some point in the call there comes a moment when you need both hands free. Maybe you have to type something into the computer. Maybe you need to pin the piece of paper down while you jot a note. Maybe you just need both hands free because you can't say "Vladimir, you have no idea who you are f*cking with!" without appropriate hand waving . The moment comes, and you can't do the proper thing if one hand is busy holding a handset up to your ear.
Before making/taking a call that was supposed to last that long, I had my headset on. I still wear a headset even if I'm just calling my Mom, let alone making a business call. And the headset is no doubt behind the times. If I had the NSA at my beck and call, you can d*mned well be sure that I would have the world's absolute best echo cancelers in place, and I'm talking in the open air, hands waving the whole time, without benefit of a headset.
Let's get with the times. A handset on a coiled cord is not the impression we're trying to make.
 Just so you remember why I couldn't get elected dog catcher, let alone something that requires even more diplomacy :^)
Photo credit: Official White House photo by Pete Souza