I can’t stand people who leave a message by blurting their phone number too fast to write down.
You have to rewind and play it back to get the number right. What is with these people?
If you already know how to leave a good voicemail message, then please don’t be offended that I am treating you like an idiot.
While you may not be among those who leave lousy voicemail messages, you know when you’ve received a courteously cadenced phone message.
A favorite voicemail technique I almost always practice is repeating a phone number.
The first time you say a phone number, the receiving party might not have a pen handy. Repeating your callback number shows message-takers you’re a professional.
A related technique is repeating a number that’s told to you. Repeating back a phone number to ensure you got it right is good.
The other thing people do when they leave me messages that drives me nuts is when they say their name and company so fast that you can’t understand it.
It’s won’t end tyranny, disease, or natural disasters, but good voicemail messages is one small way to make the world a better place.     


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