So I called up a graphic designer yesterday, and within five seconds I was convinced I was speaking to someone with a horrific speech impediment.
It went like this:
Me: So, do you have any occasional or ongoing needs for a copywriter to assist with Web sites and other writing projects?
Prospect: UM! UM! Derpy derp da derpity do (continues).
The embarrassing part: I think he could hear me with perfect clarity because he responded by chatting on and on in gibberish. Racing around my living room and leaping onto random furniture in search of better reception did no good whatsoever.
I finally had to interrupt him and say, "I'm sorry, but the connection is terrible and I'm having a hard time hearing you!"
"Derp," he said. "Doody derp da doo."
"I'll send you a link to my Web site," I told him. "You can view my online portfolio and resume there. Again, so sorry about the bad connection!"
I hung up feeling like a total idiot (as if phone connection was my fault) -- and way too embarrassed to call back.
But whaddaya know, same guy emailed back today (in English, not Klingon) with gushing praise for my portfolio. He just lost his copywriter to the corporate world and is looking to find another one. Would I be available to meet next week?
And he also apologized for the terrible connection and said he hoped he didn't sound too silly.
When prospects need you, they really need you. Remember this works in your favor.