My frustration with voicemail messages has prompted me to write about how not to leave a voicemail. Consider this a public service announcement in order to cut down on hearing loss and strange voicemails across the nation. Here are two mistakes I find all too often in my inbox.
Screaming into the phone as if it is an ancient machine that may not catch all of your sounds. We’ve had telephones for awhile now. There is no reason to not use your “inside voice”. In fact, voicemails have become so advanced that they will now register your every sound! So never fear, you and your screams will be heard.
Speaking as if the person you’re calling is crouching next to the machine and hiding from your call. My father is the greatest culprit. “Hey I know you hear the phone ringing…answer the phone…pick up the phone…I know you hear me…ok, call me back.”
I hope everyone takes this seriously and considers their role in this epidemic. Are you a part of the problem? If you are or know someone who is, please consider becoming an advocate for voicemail awareness in the future.