Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
I've largely overcome my phone phobia, but it was pretty bad for a long time. In fact, once I moved out of an apartment, and I was unable to call the phone company to discontinue service, so I continued to pay the bill until the phone company figured out I didn't live there anymore, and cancelled service for me.
Occasionally I'll still have problems with the phone. For example, I might ring someone, and totally blank out on what to say. When this happens, there will be weird, long pauses in the middle of my sentences.
One thing that has helped me is to plan out, in general, what I'm going to say before I make the call. I won't rehearse the conversation in full, but I might jot a few notes down and then repeat to myself "I'm going to ask about this, and that, and that, and that."