Is speaking too fast considered hostility?
A few weeks ago, I got a job as a telesurveyer. People think I’m a telemarketer whenever I call their houses. When I explain that I’m not selling anything or doing any political campaigning, it doesn’t register with some folks. I understand most people are wrapped up in their own worlds and don’t want to be bothered. I talk fast because I want to let the person know I will do my best to speed up the interview so they can get on with their precious evenings. When I get excited about certain topics, I’ve been known to get loud and speak faster. People mistake my assertiveness with aggression and hostility. I used to have a hot temper, but I’ve made a conscious effort to control that studying t’ai chi and yoga. I’m also getting back into martial arts because it’s good for the soul. The other night I called people in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. No offense to anyone from Baton Rouge, but the people I called there seemed bitter. The more cooperative people I’ve spoken to were in Indiana. When I finished the survey the other night with an elder man, I said “Thank you very much for your time and have a nice night, sir.” His response was, “You too punk!” So here is what I’m asking the rest of you. When someone speaks really fast and annunciates his words, do you consider that hostility or arrogance? Or do you think the person is hyper individual with a Type-A personality?