I wrote on my Facebook Wall about how frustrating it can be to get a voice mail message I can’t understand. Little did I know this would set the comments flying. I started by suggesting people repeat their number twice. Here are some other valuable pieces of advice from a few of my FB Friends who also happen to be in a position to hire you or get you media attention.
Business owner Jennifer Brigham suggests you say the number at the beginning of your message, shortly describe your content, and then say the number again at the end. Christy Morrell-Stinson recommends you let your person know you’ll also text your name and number after you finish leaving them the voice message. Melissa Gilman of Savvy.mn Magazine wants you to tell her why you are calling. And if you don’t, she may never return the call. Scott Weaver just wants his callers to stop speed talking.
All great advice. Remember, your outgoing voice mail message as well as the voice messages you leave others are part of your communication arsenal. If your targets can’t understand you, they can’t call you back. And likely you won’t make that sale, get that job, land that huge account. Happy dialing.