Tips On How To Leave Proper Phone Messages


This says it all...

Is it just me or have most people totally lost the ability to leave proper phone messages? In part, I blame the rise of email and text messaging, but I think it’s largely due to the fact that everyone is always in such a rush these days. Whatever the reason, both as a mom and business owner, this is one of my biggest PET PEEVES and sources of frustration throughout the day. I just don’t understand why this is so hard? So, in an effort to maintain my sanity, I found a great article with tips on how to leave proper phone messages…I still cannot believe that this is even necessary.

I just have to rant a bit more, so bare with me. Even business professionals can’t seem to figure it out. Is this a dying art form? The fact is, effective communication is crucial for business success, whether it be sales, follow-up, collaboration, media etc…Sometimes I just want to scream, “learn how to leave a PROPER phone message,” but of course I never do…that would be rude.

FYI - 95% (yes…95%) of all phone messages that I receive, the caller either doesn’t leave a call back number, as if I’m supposed to be clairvoyant and magically just know where to reach them OR they leave the number so quickly that I can’t understand a thing they’ve said. SLOW DOWN! Typically I have to hit replay multiple times and sometimes I just lose all patience, get in a bad mood and say to myself, “it must not be that important, I’m not wasting my time, if they can’t take the time to leave a proper message.” Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m almost positive that most people out there feel the same way.

So, if you or anyone you know is guilty of having terrible “voicemail etiquette,” or if you are as annoyed by this as I am, visit the link above; read it, implement the tips, pass them on, print out and leave them in your company’s lunch room…do whatever it takes to stop the insanity. Together we can make a change.

Thanks for letting me rant, I feel much better now!

~ Leslie

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