We've found something to help you get off the phone quickly, if you must. It's one of those funny and possibly useful little electronic gadgets that give you an excuse to call someone back later. It's a special key ring and audio player. Attached to the ring is a digital sound player. Stored in the player are 10 one-minute sound tracks of believable situations. Situations include:
- Auto Repair Shop
- Aircraft Taking Off
- Emergency Call
- Urgent Call on the Other Line
- Static and Disconnect Message
- Airline Delay
- Bad Weather - rain & thunder storm
- Construction Zone
- Crying Baby
To play one of the tracks you simply press the picture coded button.
You check your caller-ID and recognize Jack is calling regarding yesterday's conversation. You don't want to let it go into voice mail but you want to be in a quiet place before you address the issues. So, you press an Xcuse track, pick up the phone and quickly say to Jack, "I'm in a hard place to talk right now, could I call you back in a couple hours?" You've now
Find the key ring at your local Target or other retailer. It is pictured in the packaging to help you find it quickly. This was in the automotive accessories isle. For the computer version of this diversion, see Interruption Interception #4 - a July article here at the Productivity Cafe.
You're likely to never use the Xcuse Box as a real call dodge -- in the meantime it will be great entertainment for those at the office and the next district meeting.