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My Voicemail Greeting

Updated on February 16, 2011

Should I Reconsider?

I received a voicemail today from someone I've known for years. This person said they were a bit disappointed that my voicemail greeting was so standard. It's the usual... "You have reached... my recorded name...". The same type of greeting used by lots and lots of people. I didn't realize it was offensive!

I've never been offended hearing this kind of greeting. Shoot! I don't even get bothered by hearing just the old, "You've reached 555-5555", or whatever number I've dialed! Now I'm starting to think this may be a real issue.   

What if a telemarketer calls and thinks I'm dull? What if an associate calls and thinks I have no imagination? What if the kid tries to call and begins to doubt me as a mother? GADS! This could be bad, snowballing into worse!

My friend informed me that my creativity was nowhere apparent in my voicemail, that I need to bump it up a notch, and relate my "bright" personality in my greeting.  That this standard greeting was just too far below my creativity, ability, and whatever was I thinking?  

Hum?

Maybe so?

How does this sound?

Hi you have reached ME! An extraordinary person... unmitigatedly excellent and strange, very unusual and deserving of attention and... I'm also very bright! Because I've been all the way around the sun many, many times! (Plus I just stumbled into a giant hopper of glitter, and barely made my way out! I don't know what happened! It was like a magnet drawing me in!)

I'm sorry I can't answer your call right now, but I'm shining so brightly and reflecting off the walls to the point I'm almost blinding myself! As soon as I find my Cool Rays and put them on, I will draw the drapes, turn off the lights, and call you back! In the mean while, please leave a message after the tone.

Does this sound good?

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    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Why not actually try it for the fun of it. See what people say. I once tried a few things with my greetings. Such as.. I said "please leave a message before the tone." I wanted to see if anyone was paying attention.

      One friend actually left a message saying I made a mistake and I should have said "AFTER the tone." They didn't realize my sense of humor.

      Another friend jokingly replied that there wasn't enough time to leave a message BEFORE the tone.

      Have fun with it, try various things. I like your example. Voted up.

    • RunAbstract profile imageAUTHOR

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      SamboRambo, how funny! That is just something I might do!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

    • SamboRambo profile image

      Samuel E. Richardson 

      7 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      You could do the "woh-a-wah" Charlie Brown's mother does. People will really know what you're saying.

    • RunAbstract profile imageAUTHOR

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      Winsome, Great idea! Keep 'em in suspence!

      Dim Flaxenwick, now THAT's funny!

      Thanks to both of you for reading and commenting!

    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Hilarious...My daughter forced me to alter my greetin that said...Hello you´ve reached etc. I may be home but I´m vetting all my calls in case you are one of those annoying people. If you´re a real friend I´ll call you back.,.......well maybe. ...............

    • Winsome profile image

      Winsome 

      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      How about this--Hello you've reached RA, please leave a message...no, not yet....not yet...almost there...hello, are you still there?...

      Very funny RA. =:)

    • RunAbstract profile imageAUTHOR

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks to all of you for the comments! I appreciate them!

    • d.william profile image

      d.william 

      7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Funny. I get the same comments about mine being boring. So i just leave it there to aggravate those who think it really is boring. If i could make it boring enough to deter the telemarketers, i would certainly change it ASAP.

    • stars439 profile image

      stars439 

      7 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Very nice hub. GBY

    • Little Kim profile image

      Little Kim 

      7 years ago from Any town U.S.A.

      Sounds great! Love it! My voicemail greeting goes like this.(in my best Asian accent, I am Asian so I can get away with it) "So sorry I missed your call.Leave message I call you back and talk to you long time,okay" My friends can hardly leave a message they are laughing so hard.

    • Alhamora profile image

      Alhamora 

      7 years ago from North

      Good enough for me. lol

    • winepress profile image

      winepress 

      7 years ago

      I would burst into ...... when I hear this. Please don't put this there....lol.

      winepress.

    • quicksand profile image

      quicksand 

      7 years ago

      Sounds good indeed!

    • RunAbstract profile imageAUTHOR

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      erthfrend,

      gusripper,

      Scribenet,

      Thanks to each of you for reading and commenting!

    • Scribenet profile image

      Scribenet 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Runabstract, I still have the "canned" message that was on the phone when I received it as a gift...LOL. The reason I received the phone was because I didn't have an answering machine and kept forgetting to get one... well, at least I answer messages now! So you are way more cool than me!

    • gusripper profile image

      gusripper 

      7 years ago

      Its sound's terrific.

    • erthfrend profile image

      erthfrend 

      7 years ago from Florida

      LOL this was a cute and entertaining hub!

    • RunAbstract profile imageAUTHOR

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      breakfastpop, I can relate! Who wants to hear someone's life story on the voicemail greeting? (The above was written in humor...)

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      If I encounter a greeting that runs more than 2 seconds I slam the phone down! Short and simple does the trick.

    • RunAbstract profile imageAUTHOR

      RunAbstract 

      7 years ago from USA

      Mentalist acer, thanks! But I'm not seriously going to change it!

    • Mentalist acer profile image

      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Sounds like a winner,though the glitter sounds a bit messt,lol.;)

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