I am not a voice talent, and I hate the sound of my own voice. Every time I lose my cell phone (daily), I call it from another line to help myself find it. And every time I do this, I wish my voicemail message sounded…different. I’m always reminded that I should sit down and rerecord it, so it makes a more professional first impression.
So, I finally did it. Here’s my process for developing a professional voicemail message in 10 steps:
- Listen to your current voicemail message. If it’s been more than a month or two since you’ve called and listened to it, make sure you check it out.
- Decide what information you need from the caller. This might include:
- Their name, message, and call back number
- You might also ask them for: the best time to call them back