Is speaking too fast considered hostility?

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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?

6 Comments
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    Tara R
    November 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

    depends on the tone of your voice

    i’d probably think that you were just trying to get everything in before getting cut off or hung up on

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    Richard L
    November 10, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Hmmm, I don’t think so. I think talking quickly could sound defensive, but perhaps you raise your voice or accidentally cut them off? You said you sometimes can get loud when excited and that can be considered hostile or perhaps just rude. Maybe they think you are trying to talk over them? I’m guessing of course. If I could figure out how people work my life would be so much easier!

    On the flip side, when you apologize too much it can provoke hostility by letting people believe you did something wrong, on the same note could sounding defensive by speaking too quickly perhaps provoke hostility as well?

    In the end, I wouldn’t worry about it. My goodness look at this place, people are rude all the time. If you don’t have to make a sale, then who cares what they think of you.

    Best of luck and I’m sorry about people in general. I hate ’em too.

    You seem like a nice guy, you care what people think. That’s better than most people!

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    Kristen Waters iz Hot like fire!
    November 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I live in Indiana, but I hate when those telesurveyer/telemarketer call me. I usually just answer and hang up.
    I don’t consider speaking fast to hostile though.

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    Uh-Huh!
    November 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

    No I do not think that, some people just talk fast, it is no big deal.
    That guy saying you too punk was a real jerk.
    I don’t see any connection with arrogance in talking fast…or hostility.

    Maybe a little nervous maybe.

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    dreamland 3^[]^3angel
    November 10, 2011 at 10:15 am

    no if they don’t slap your face they are not angry wrap music are consider speaking fast along with the music.

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    financially stable
    November 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

    OMG, I did telemarketing for years. When you call someones house they just get mad. It has nothing to do with you. Some people are really classy though. I learned more about people doing this work than most people will ever know about people. Have you ever heard about POWER SPOTS like in Sedona, AZ or Puru? Well, different areas have different energy & it sounds like you hit an area I would not want to live in for any reason. Someone on here asked a question the other day about why in Ohio people thought they were better than you…well, if you have a chance look it up in my answers, I got Best Answer so it might be easier to find but my answer shows a comment I have made about how different areas have different energy. As much as you know about geography this is a great opportunity for you to get to know how different people are in different areas. You will find some areas the people are tough like NY & some areas people are laid back which is more true of the West of the USA than the East.EDIT: if you can tape yourself do that to listen back & see what you would think if you heard someone calling like yourself.

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