This article is part of our The Z Files series.
Well, that was fun. What a frenzy, huh? To be honest, I'm still catching up but owe you guys a column, so I thought I'd share some more trade thoughts – more philosophy than anything.
Picking up the phone and calling your league mate is a popular suggestion to facilitate trade negotiations. Have you noticed the majority of those with such advice are usually older and grew up well before the cell phone era? I really think this is a generational thing. I come from a time where you had to secure a female's number and then think of something interesting to say if she gave you her actual digits.
I'm not going to pretend to know how the current generation goes about courting the opposite (or otherwise) sex, but I do know many younger fantasy enthusiasts I've talked to about trading say they are uncomfortable talking on the phone since they really have not grown up using the phone to communicate.
My first reaction may be like yours: Huh? Yeah right.
It was then explained that many younger folks aren't versed in telephone conversation. As such, they feel pressured when talking to someone trying to convince them to take a deal. I explained they should do their best to keep the communication more conversational, but that brings us back to their youth and how they didn't grow up chatting on the phone. As simple as it seems to older generations, I can understand how talking one-on-one can be uneasy.