Monday, November 11, 2013

The Good Phone Debate

Effectively, perhaps it's not an incredible debate, however it certainly is a great conversation. So here goes, any time you see you have a voice mail message from someone do you...
(a) Listen to the message, or
(b) Just contact them back
As a person committed to producing clear and concise communication (and in my ever present concentrate on managing my time and respecting others) when I contact somebody I leave a message with as significantly detail as you can so that
(a) They know the purpose I am calling (and irrespective of whether or not they even really need to contact me back).
(b) When they do contact back, we'll possess a frame of reference to move the conversation forward.
Confession: This has been a pet peeve of mine. When I leave a message along with the particular person just calls back without having listening to the message, I would get frustrated that I already left the information and now have to repeat myself.
I posed the query on Facebook the other day and got great feedback and insight that should now assist me, really feel less frustrated and be capable of greater communicate - the way other folks want it to become... not only how I want it! Right after all, isn't that the key to effective communication? Creating certain that we deliver our messages - in small business and in life - the way the receiver wants to hear it and not the way we choose to provide it! (Oh geez, I guess it isn't all about me!)
So right here goes... Present day Day Phone Etiquette
I will nonetheless leave a comprehensive message and when the individual just calls me back with out listening, as an alternative to obtaining peeved I will believe to myself "Oh is not this great, they had been so excited to speak with me that they did not want to waste a moment prior to we really connected."
I'll still listen to my voice mail messages before just calling back. I know you'll find other individuals, like me who appreciate and use this worthwhile tool for time management and continuous forward motion.
When I make a brand new connection with a person I will ask "Do you prefer voice mail or text messages?" (FYI... even though I am not part of Gen Y, I do really like texting! It really is an incredible approach to provide rapid messages i.e. "I'll meet you at the restaurant at 1 pm" and makes it possible for me to offer swift responses to somebody if I am around the other line devoid of acquiring to disrupt my current conversation."
And speaking of phones, is not it remarkable how far we've come...
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