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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura. Welcome to the before breakfast podcast. Today's tip is about how to leave better voicemails.

Now I know that a lot of people hate voice mail a good chunk of people just completely ignore it and would prefer people send a text if they can't reach them right away, but maybe you're leaving a message for someone. You don't have a texting relationship with and since with smartphones people can tell who called and then hung up you might find it more polite to at least say something. So, how can you leave a better voice mail? I'm taking today's tip along with some others this week from a new book called the little book of life skills by Aaron's in it ready. She interviews dozens of experts and how to do various activities in our daily lives for voicemails She interviewed Joel schwartzberg. Who is the author of get to the point sharpen your message and make your words matter.

Schwartzberg offers a few ideas first after the beep give a short citation just hi. Laura will work immediately identify yourself and the capacity in which you are calling. This is John from XYZ company. Give your phone number immediately. Yes. The person's phone is perhaps recording it. But sometimes it's the switchboard number that comes up so you want to make this clear?

Do not offer long explanations generally with a voicemail you are trying to get the person to call you back not to deal with the entire matter in your message. So give a one-sentence report on why you're calling or your connection to the person then make your request. Just one request. I'd like to talk with you about working together on a conference panel that sort of thing then give your contact information again and end with appreciation and what you want to happen next. Thanks Laura. I look forward to talking with you.

This should be a short. No one wants to listen to a minute long voicemail. They don't even want to read a transcription of a minute long voicemail.

Schwartzberg explains that the reason is format is an improvement is that most people wait until the end of a voicemail to leave their contact info but if the recipient doesn't catch it, the first time they will be forced to listen to the entire message again, which is incredibly annoying. So listing it twice once at the beginning of the end increases the odds of the person following through it doesn't guarantee it nothing does but given how many people just flake on voicemail you want to do whatever you can.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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