The essential guide to spicing up your voicemail greeting (and why it’s important to do so)

Do you let your calls go into voicemail when you don’t recognize the number?

Of course you do! Those pesky bill collectors threatening to kidnap your dog until you pay the Sears card can really put a damper on your afternoon. Especially when you are in the middle of an eBay bidding war for an autographed David Sedaris book and trying to watch Oprah at the same time.

But wait. Do you let your calls go into voicemail when you do recognize the number?

Of course you do that too! Conversations with mom require a clear head, a calm disposition and a quick hang-up plan. And potential employers may very well be put off by your raspy morning voice at 3:30 in the afternoon.

Yet, you have the same message for all of the above. You should really take a moment to listen to your outgoing greeting to the world. Seriously. Do it now. You’ll be horrified.

I’ll wait right here.

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