Phone Etiquette Take Three

I’ve been pretty positive in my last few posts. Okay, except for the line about whacking unmotivated people in the kneecaps with a sugar cane stick, but for the most part I’ve been in good spirits and feeling rather inspired. I’m due for a rant, so hold onto your hat.

I am a business woman. I help run a successful online company that is growing and expanding every day. On average I receive anywhere between twenty to seventy-five voicemails a week. That’s right, I barely have enough time to crank out this blog. It’s a little overwhelming at times, but there’s something about returning messages and clearing out my voicemail that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Like having a clean desk. Or a clean linen closet.

*Note to self, clean desk and linen closet.

I know I’ve touched on this before in earlier posts, but apparently no one is catching on, so here I go again. I strongly believe that there is a fine art to leaving a good telephone message. When leaving a message for anyone, whether it’s the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or my sixteen year old babysitter, I am always clear, succinct, and to the point. If only everyone were as considerate as yours truly. I absolutely loathe it when people leave rushed phone messages where you can barely make out the area code to call back, much less the entire phone number.

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Hello?! Where’s the fire? How am I supposed to call you back? Deciphering your message becomes as difficult a chore as solving the DaVinci code, which I unfortunately don’t have the time for. I can barely handle Sudoku.

Here’s a word of advice, especially if you’re leaving a phone message relating to business. Take your time and leave your number in a slow paced one-potato, two-potato count fashion. Or better yet, leave your number twice. That way if I can’t make it out the first time, you can possibly redeem yourself the second time around. Then I won’t have to *star 69 you. I really hate that. And you might mention the best time to reach you or an alternate cell phone number too, just to cover your bases. Get the message?

Hopefully we won't need a Phone Etiquette Take Four.

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