In today’s world of gadgets and gizmos, virtual communication has blurred the lines between casual jargon and professional communication. By following these tips for leaving a professional voicemail message, you will be sure to present yourself in the best light.
The Right Way to Leave a Voicemail
1. Assess your surroundings
Noise in the background of a voicemail is both unprofessional and distracting. Background noise can communicate to the receiver that you are inconsiderate and have not taken the time to prepare and assess your surroundings. Make sure you are situated in a quiet environment when leaving a voicemail to ensure that your message is clearly heard.
2. Prepare a brief outline
Having a reference sheet will help you stay focused while delivering your message. Make sure to keep your outline concise; only include the essential points that you intend to cover in your message.
3. State your name and telephone number
Introduce yourself at the beginning of your message. Take your time in providing your contact information, making sure you are loud and clear in the pronunciation of your name and number.
4. Identify your purpose for calling
Explain the purpose of your message directly following the statement of your name and telephone number. This includes any actions you would like the receiver to take.
5. Speak in a confident, respectful tone
Exhibit confidence while delivering your message, use appropriate language and avoid filler words.
6. Remain brief
No one enjoys listening to long, drawn-out voice messages. When considering what to say, identify one main point and discard the rest.
7. Briefly restate your point and contact information
Reiterate the main point of your message and repeat your name and phone number. This will help the receiver remember your name and message and spares him from having to listen from the beginning to write down your contact information.
Whether your voicemail message involves a job inquiry, a business proposition, or any formal communication, it is crucial to present yourself in a professional, respectful manner. By utilizing these tips, you can rest assured that you’ll also be leaving a great impression.
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