NJ, I definately agree with you on the computer VM greetings......ugh. I don't mind talking on the phone that much. I rather hear a voice than text or IM. IMs and texts are ok if it's to a friend or family, but other than that they seem very unprofessional to me. I guess it's my business writing class that got me to feel that way. E-mails are touchy too in a professional setting, they have to be written in a particular way. I like them just fine, business writing just ruined me on texting though. Marrying my best friend 7-25-09
I'm 2 months late jumping on this thread, but MAN do I agree with serendipity and Mandy! I also HATE talking on the phone and would much rather text or e-mail. Not for work, of course, but even work calls I find to be painful. "Something about the phone and those awkward silences make me very uncomfortable." Ding ding ding - that's me exactly!
Ok, but back to the original topic - I am not a fan of the "generic messages that spell out in detail what kind of message to leave - "Hi, you've reached _____. I'm not available to take your call, but if you leave your first and last name, a phone number where you can be reached (b/c you might leave a # where you CAN'T be reached..?) and the best time of day to contact you, along with a brief message, I'll call you back as soon as possible. Thanks for calling and have a great day." Now, I do appreciate the wish to have a good day, HOWEVER usually these messages are being spoken in the sloooooowest speech possible, as if we don't understand English or have never left a VM before. Mine just says, "Hey, it's Ashley, I can't take your call right now so leave a message and I'll call you back." Done.
"It's not the hand that you're dealt, but how you're playing your cards."
I will fourth the "I hate talking on the phone" bit. I used to be one of those people who would sit and talk on the phone for hours just because, but now I avoid it if at all possible. I hate awkward silences, and I, too, like to be able to think about my response before I send it. I text, email, etc whenever possible. I also won't answer to someone that I know is comfortable texting me (i.e. my brothers in law, my sister), because I hate talking. If they call at a weird time if day, though, i always answer because I'm terrified something is wrong.
My voicemail simply says, "It's Juliann, I can't come to the phone, so leave me a message and I'll get back with you as soon as possible." I hate voicemail.