The Telephone-Tag Solution

 In Humour

Submitted by Rick BakerSpirited Leaders

There’s an ugly voice-mail epidemic out there.

Let’s put a stop to it.

Numerous people are leaving voice-mail messages that go something like this:

“Hello, you have reached ____________. I am not at my desk right now. If you leave a message, I will call you back as soon as I can.”

Isn’t that just bizarre!

So 20th Century!!!

Clearly, a huge proportion of these people are either too lazy to update their phone-message or they delight in tricking callers.

Or, perhaps they do not know how to present an accurate voice-mail message.

Here is an effort at helping…’A Voice-Mail Message for the 21st Century‘.

“As you have noticed, I have not picked up my phone. Perhaps, I am not at my desk. Or, perhaps, I am making good use of my Caller ID service. If you are not my boss or our CEO or somebody in between, chances are very high I will not call you back. If you do not hear from me in 2 business days, please do not attempt to contact me again. My goal here is to waste no time; not yours, not mine. In case you are still on the line…for greater certainty:

  • If you report to me, I hope your message is only good news…if so, I may call you back.
  • If you are a co-worker, well you know enough not to waste your time leaving a message.
  • If you are family, send a text message on my unpublished phone line and I will get back to you in a similar way.
  • If you have an amazing new, cannot-fail idea…call one of my competitors.
  • If you do not know me…wake up…get with the 21st Century and get off my phone system.”

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