I’m about to give you a powerful tool that will make friends, family and co-workers think you’re the most amazing person they know. When they hear, for the first time, what you’re doing for them they will forever think you of you as one of the smartest people on earth. Really.
Lately those annoying cell voice mail introductions have come under fire. I’m talking about the sometimes very long instructions we all hear before we can leave a message. We’ve put up with them for years, but now there’s a movement under way to get the big cell phone companies to get rid of them. They waste time and, if you’re calling on your cell phone, burn minutes. Until the cell phone companies do what’s right, I’m going to turn you into a hero.
In your voice mail message, stop telling callers you’re away from the phone or on another line. Just leave a brief outgoing message telling callers how to skip the prompts.
» If you’re an AT&T customer simply record the following outgoing message: “This is (your name); press 0 to leave a message.” Immediately your friend or co-worker will hear the familiar beep that tells them it’s time to begin recording.
» If you’re a Sprint customer, replace the ‘0’ with a ‘1’ in your message.
» If you’re a Verizon customer, replace the ‘0’ with the ‘*’ in your message.
» If you’re a T-Mobile customer, replace the ‘0’ with the ‘#’ (pound sign) in your outgoing message.
… You’re saving time for friends, family members and business associates — and you’re a hero.