Every year I listen in on the live CAG shows, and about half of the callers are so sad/awkward/etc that I figured I would create a list to help make these live shows a little less awkward
Stop going into phone calls with the assumption that you are friends of Cheapy, Wombat, or Shipwreck. There is a 99% chance that you are not. They are popular interwebz celebrity talent. Unless you are from a major site, they probably don't know you. Evaluate yourself upfront before making the call and ask yourself if you think they'll recognize who you are. Even if you have a unique forum name and post 2000 times on their forum. Even if you did one thing, sometime, in the last 2-3 years somewhat crossing paths with any of them, they probably don't remember you. It will make it less awkward for everyone after you pause for 2.3 seconds when you say "Hey, this is bobcat2014".... <crickets>.... "I posted once about a deal".... <crickets>.... "in 2007".... Just skip the introduction unless they ask you!
Ask questions. Don't ask a question that revolves you telling a story as to why you are asking it. Here is an example:
"What do you think is the best game of 2010?"
"Well, I wanted to ask you a question about what game you think is the best of 2010.... I'm asking because I was taking a shit when my cat came in the room, meowing, because I forgot ti give it water. It made me think of Kinectimals and how shitty of a game it was, and then my girlfriend, who btw I am fighting with right now......... <30 seconds later> .... and yeah, so, that's my question?!"
Keep your shit concise. You'll earn more CAG points. More phone calls will get answered.
Don't introduce yourself with a joke about where you are from that ONLY people who live where you live would laugh at. The 4 seconds you waste laughing at your unfunny joke has already made the rest of us care even less than we did when we heard your voice to begin with. Just don't do it. Let the CAG crew make the jokes and you just laugh at them.
Unless you are funny. Then you can make a joke.
Think of a question before you call. It helps. I promise.
Repeat point 2 - Ask a question and keep your shit concise. Ask your freaking question... stop explaining that you are gonna ask a question then follow it up based on how they respond. Just call and say "Hey, Do you think AIDS hurts?"