Question 3: Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?

YES.

If I had my way, every conversation would have some sort of pre-production phase where I can consider the topic in advance. I'd plot a bunch of jokes and practice my delivery. The laughter would plug the crater in my soul for two solid minutes until the next joke. I should've been a comedian.

But going back to telephone calls: I'd really, really rather not have them. I only ever remember the anxious prattling, long lulls, and fake laughter on my end. Please hand me back my script and let me rehearse.

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