You know the situation, it’s happened to you numerous times; you’re nose to the grindstone focussed on a task – then someone comes through where you’re working with a voice that wouldn’t be lost at a rugby game.

There’s nothing worse than having your concentration interrupted, or being on a phone call when the person you’re speaking with asks what the noise is in the background.

No doubt, like me, you’ve spoken a tad too loud in the office … there are ways to deal with other people who seem to try and reach the highest decibel possible.

This article on stuff.co.nz is a great read, if you’re battling a loud voice in the workplace.

Silencing loud talkers at work

UNAVOIDABLE: Loud talkers share the most intimate details of their lives while taking personal calls and enjoy broadcasting a running commentary on unfolding situations.

The office loud talker can infuriate and distract even the most conscientious workers. So what is the best way to deal with these walking megaphones?

Natalia Perera is well acquainted with the difficulties of working with a loud talker. The innovative director of Syneka Marketing sits directly opposite the company’s managing director who, she says, has a booming, baritone voice.

“Sometimes people I’m talking to on the phone ask what that noise in the background is,” she says.

“This office also has a bit of an echo, so it makes his voice even louder.”

Unlike many loud talkers, Perera’s boss is aware of the problem and is happy to pipe down when asked.

“It can be a bit distracting especially when I’m on deadline and it’s the last thing you need when you’re feeling under pressure,” she says.

“I just put my headphones in my ears or sometimes I let him know he needs to be quiet.”

Loud talkers are a common annoyance on public transport, flights and cinemas. But in the workplace there is no escape from their daily noise pollution.

Loud talkers share the most intimate details of their lives while taking personal calls, think out loud and enjoy broadcasting a running commentary on unfolding situations.

read full article here

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