Thursday, September 2, 2010

My cell phone's voice mail greeting is completely unprofessional. I'm (slightly) embarrassed after my doctor's office, Emma's school, etc. have left voice mails because I know what they had to listen to in order to leave a message. In spite of this, I haven't changed it. My greeting is basically me saying "Hello? (long pause) Wait, say that again? (long pause) Aw, just leave a message!" It's completely believable. Every one falls for it, and some several times. I know, it's nothing original, but it's so funny to hear people's reaction in the messages they leave - laughter, frustration, sheepishness. I'll be changing it soon. It's run it's course. Any ideas? Should I use the standard, dull as rocks greeting of "Hi, you've reached Jaylee (I know you know who you're calling, but I like the sound of my own name). I can't come to the phone right now (yeah, you're going to ask me to sub for you in primary, ergo I'm screening my calls), but leave a message and I'll get right back to you (on Monday morning after I know you're not looking for a sub anymore). My last voice mail message went something like "Yeah, I don't ever remember to take my phone with me, and I have no idea how to check my voice mail messages, so just keep calling and you'll eventually get a hold of me". Accessing voice mail has become easier since I received a hand me down Iphone; checking voice mail means pressing two buttons max. Although FYI I still don't check my voice mail left on my home phone. A few nights ago, late into the evening, I had misplaced my cell phone. I called it several times and could vaguely hear it ringing from the recesses of my couch. On my final call and attempt to figure out exactly where it was hiding, I heard someone answer "Hello?". I froze because it was 11:30 at night and freak, who had I called this late and woken up? With trepidation, I answered "Hello?" back. A few anxious seconds later, I heard "Wait, say that again?". Humbleness and karma learned in one lesson.

10 comments:

Jenny D. said...

That's hilarious!

Monique said...

You crack me up! I guess you can learn something from yourself...and not be considered conceded.

Flying Princess said...

Thanks for that. It's been too long since I laughed at one of your posts. And lol I did.

Rachael said...

I have to say I cant stand when people leave those messages...bc I fall for it every time!!!

Lisha said...

I love it! We had a friend who's answering machine was like that. I fell for it all the time!:)

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Gina said...

I have a few suggestions. Play the theme music for "Lost" and scream "Where am I? Who are you? Get lost!" Or...play the theme for "Desperate Housewives" and say "leave a message that's juicy." Oh how about "Twilight" music to which you can say "If this is Edward leave me more than a message...if this is Jacob put a shirt on before you come over-my husband's home."

H said...

Just tell everyone that you can't come to the phone because it's business time.

Personally, I fell for it twice. Never left a message though 'cuz I know you don't check them.

proud parents said...

One I did in my old BYU college days:

"OW! I feel good! (nananananana) And I knew that I would now! (nanananananana)" blares out and fades to background as I begin speaking:

"Hey, you've made my whole day better by calling me! I'd be glad to return the favor if you leave me a message."

Music volume pumps up. "So good-so good. I got you. OW!"


Hello? Wait, say that again? Oh never mind, it's just you laughing (upchucking?) at my hideous example.

unqtious said...

"Leave a message."

That's all I ever put. Although, sometimes I put a 'please' in front of it.

Ed and Bel said...

I am laughing so hard, as I can see your face expression.