Hands-free? Speaker phone? Are you sounding like you're calling from a Tunnel

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Hands-free? Speaker phone? Are you sounding like you're calling from a Tunnel


Way back when, in my other business life, I always found it rude when someone talking in a tunnelI was speaking with put me on their speaker phone.  It made me feel as if I was of less importance.


Times have changed!  If you’re in your car, please, put me on speaker phone and keep those hands on the wheel.  


Better yet, call me back when you’re not maneuvering 3,000+ pounds of steel down the road.


However, if you are not in your car or the call is not an emergency, and you do not want to hold your phone up to your ear,  please consider using earphones/headphones.


The other day I had a call from an agent curious about staging for his clients. He was very nice but I could hardly understand what he was saying.


He was not in the car using his speaker phone and not using any earphones, but just using hands-free.


I had to ask him to repeat what he was saying several times, hoping that he would get the hint that he needed to either pick up his smartphone or take me off the speaker.


It was like talking to someone in a tunnel or echo chamber.


And, yes, there are times when you will want to use this convenience, like when you’re taking notes during the conversation.


Just make sure that the person on the other end is able to hear and understand what you’re saying, and that you don’t sound like you’re calling from inside a tunnel or echo chamber!


Don’t make them have to work so hard to hear what you’re saying.





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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

I'm not a real fan of speaker phones, or hands free devices because of the reason you mention Kathy!  However, when in the car, they may be our only option.

Feb 13, 2017 06:04 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I try not to talk in the car at all but the new Lexus I got in December has fantastic sound but you are still a little distracted.

Feb 13, 2017 06:12 AM #9
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This is so true...but I do admit I sometimes need to multitask...and the speaker phone allows me to do that. 

Feb 13, 2017 06:33 AM #10
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

It is the law here in NH so hands free is the only way to be unless you want a ticket Kathy Streib. I hate that tunnell too 

Feb 13, 2017 07:28 AM #11
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


We have high ceilings that contribute to the tunnel sound effect, so when we both are on the phone, we just scoot closer to the speaker.  And when we use our conference number for a call with many, there is a reverbaration on the call if we are each using our phones.  

In the car, we have the sound is good, but the other party can hear the whoosh of the road.  A

Feb 13, 2017 09:20 AM #12
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

I frequently get calls while I am driving and it goes through my Sync system.  I let the caller know that I am driving and ask if they can hear me OK.  If not, I tell them I will call them back once I land.

Feb 13, 2017 09:37 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

I think it's good Harry F. D'Elia It really isn't safe!

We'll use it for personal use when we're talking to relatives but not for business! James Dray 

Michael Jacobs eh?

Feb 13, 2017 09:58 AM #14
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Thank you Wayne Martin Enjoy Florida.

Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386 Norm...I hope you have that little blue box with white ribbon for Sandy after this!!!

Donald Urschalitz What???

Feb 13, 2017 10:01 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dorie Dillard I'm glad they have that law.  I've spoken hands free in the phone when I'm driving, usually to ask if I can call them back. 

I agree Myrl Jeffcoat better hands-free for safety.

Joe Pryor you're right...eating, drinking and talking on the phone even if hands'free can all be distracting. 

Feb 13, 2017 10:28 AM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 airRErealty.com I agree...if I'm in my office I use my earphones so I can have my hands free.

I am all for that law Scott Godzyk 

Ron and Alexandra Seigel it sounds like you both have checked to make sure that you are coming across like you want.  There are times when we have to speak on the speaker phone while in our car or with multiple callers.  

Feb 13, 2017 10:35 AM #17
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Belinda Spillman That's exactly what you should do!!! That's handling it like a professional. 

Feb 13, 2017 10:36 AM #18
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

yes and then jumping through cell towers does not help either.   how are the apple watch calls?

Feb 13, 2017 10:47 AM #19
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Kathy - We finally bought a car that has good bluetooth, at least for us - it still sounds like a tunnel if you're at the other end, but it's at least understandable.

Feb 13, 2017 12:31 PM #20
Kim Johnson
Realty Associates of Florida I Inc. - Coral Springs, FL
Selling South Florida

Good evening Kathy Streib! You nailed this one! This is a top pet peeve for me when on the phone--right up there with someone eating and talking on the phone.

Feb 13, 2017 05:36 PM #21
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Kathy, I have a hearing problem and wear hearing aids. It really bothers me when someone is using a speaker phone.

Feb 13, 2017 05:46 PM #22
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your right on some calls you just can't understand what the other person is saying.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Feb 13, 2017 05:50 PM #23
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, yes, those 'tunnel calls' are so very annoying!  I do use a headset and absolutely love that it's hands-free but, because of complaints about calls from my car sounding like I was in the bottom of a barrel, I disconnected that feature!  

Have a great week, Kathy Streib!

Feb 13, 2017 09:03 PM #24
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


I'm glad to read this post! I hate that tunnel effect and have trouble hearing clearly. It happens a lot and I thought I was beginning to have earring loss until I realized when others changed their phone or took me off the speaker, I could hear so much better. 

Feb 13, 2017 09:48 PM #25
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

My hubby had a car that was like that! He would call using blue tooth and I could hardly hear him. He got some ear phones and things improved greatly. LOL

Feb 14, 2017 08:42 AM #26
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

When I have to keep asking someone to repeat I feel like I am the one being annoying. That's just not right! LOL

Feb 14, 2017 07:09 PM #27
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