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Phone message preference(17 posts)

Phone message preferenceTypeOne
Aug 14, 2002 11:16 AM
I am one of those unfortunate souls who is uncomfortable leaving a message on voicemail--I rush through it, too conscious of how my voice sounds, etc. Someone ridiculed me for ending a message with "Goodbye." I understand--it is strange talking to a machine, so why treat it personally? I brought this up with someone else, who thought it would be rude to simply hang up when I was done leaving a message.
What do you do?
re: Phone message preferencePaulCL
Aug 14, 2002 12:19 PM
Use the Paul Harvey: "GoodDAY" not. I always say Thank You at the end. How about "I look forward to returning your call" or a simple "Thank You" or your "Goodbye" Do what you feel comfortable doing.
My rulesmr_spin
Aug 14, 2002 1:07 PM
Anyone who ridicules you for ending a message with "Goodbye" needs to have their ass kicked. Seriously.

What kind of message you leave depends on who you are calling and why. In other words, there are few rules.

I like to keep it short if I actually want to talk to the person and they aren't there. "Hi, this is Mr. Spin. Give me a call." Click.

If it is someone trying to hire me, I'm still brief, but less formal. "Hi, this is Mr. Spin returning your call. You can reach me at ______." Click.

If I am calling someone to give information rather than talk, I do it as quickly and concisely as possible. "Hi, this is Mr. Spin. Road ride. Eureka Canyon. 8:00. Usual place." Click.

I always repeat phone numbers so no one has to replay the message. Always slowly the second time.

Now that I think about it, I rarely say goodbye. But I would never ridicule anyone who did. Who cares?
Spin's got it--say it and hang up.cory
Aug 14, 2002 2:21 PM
The rules would be relaxed with good friends, who tolerate your lame jokes. In general, though, leave your message and go--no jokes, NO CELEBRITY IMPERSONATIONS, no sound effects.
As a reporter who talks to lots of machines and needs callbacks to do my job, I agree about repeating the phone number, too--I give my name and number first thing, so they can call back instantly if they want to, then a short message, then repeat the number so they don't have to play the message back.
I try to impersonate an annoying Disneyworld tour guide (nm)Kristin
Aug 14, 2002 1:14 PM
Lord I was Born a Ramblin' (Wo)manjtolleson
Aug 14, 2002 4:45 PM
Get me talking to that machine and we'll just chit chat like best buddies! I get cut off by the timed ones. Why I turn into a verbose goober when left with the opportunity to be recorded without interruption I'll never know.

Seriously, if you've got the opportunity to give all the info, then I do so. I hate it when people say "It's Jim, call me." And all I really wanted was for them to leave me the info about when and where we are meeting (or whatever). Why play phone tag when you don't have to?

OK. Now I rambling. Does this mean I'm being recorded?
You need to meet my wife!MXL02
Aug 15, 2002 4:00 AM
J- she can leave "War and Peace" on a voice message! I've never heard anything like it. Its the Mars/Venus thing again, I guess. I usually delete it half way through her message and just call her. But then I get accused of being the silent brooding "poor communicator". O, well.
M
You need to meet my wife!netso
Aug 15, 2002 4:03 AM
My wife does the same thing. In fact, I think she talks longer to the message machine than the actual person.
You need to meet my husband!Spinchick
Aug 15, 2002 5:26 AM
Can't chalk it up to the mars/venus thing. My husband will leave long, detailed messages that absolutely drive me up the wall. At the end he FINALLY leaves the information I asked for in the first place. He does it in person too. Good thing I have developed "mommy hearing" (tune in to about every 10th word).
Mommy hearing!?MXL02
Aug 15, 2002 5:42 AM
I thought it was definitely husband hearing! It reminds me of the joke about the cop that pulls over an old man driving his beat up Caddy. The old man asks, "Did I do something wrong officer?" The cop shakes his head in disbelief. "Mister, didn't you know your wife fell out of the car 3 blocks back?!" The old man breathed a sigh of relief..."Oh, thank God, I thought I was going deaf." :)
Verbose Goober.Len J
Aug 16, 2002 6:55 AM
Isn't that on the endagered species list?
Or is it a rare african disease?
Or a local dish from a small Swiss Canton?
Or a homemade candy?
Or a new model from lightspeed?

What a great phrase, I may steal it and use it in a short story.

Thanks for the mental image.

Len
If that's now the mental image you will have of me...jtolleson
Aug 16, 2002 7:17 AM
I'll be particularly sorrry I said it! : )
Not of you.......Len J
Aug 16, 2002 7:43 AM
I just love a phrase that communicates more mental images than just what it literally means. These kind of phrases stir my imagination.

Thanks for the inspiration!

Len
: ) nmjtolleson
Aug 16, 2002 8:56 AM
LOL. ( nm)Sintesi
Aug 15, 2002 5:01 AM
Play "Wait, wait, don't tell me"Alex-in-Evanston
Aug 16, 2002 6:41 AM
If you win, you get Carl Castle on your answering machine. It's quite easy to get on the show. I called up during a broadcast and they put me on the following week. Great prize - too bad I accidentally deleted him.

Alex
The Flip side: What's up with those annoying machine greetings?Kristin
Aug 16, 2002 11:25 AM
I have several friends who think its cute to sing on their answering machine greeting. I can describe them in a few words: Long, embarassing, not cute, but strange.