The Greatest Threat to Your Monday Morning…Voicemail

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Starting your Monday morning at the office with a long list of voice mails can be extremely stressful.

You may even be to the point where every time you see the dreaded red light on your office phone your heart starts to race or you experience a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach.

So often when those voice messages received over the weekend or after a holiday are related to what “needs” to be done or something that “should” have been done already.

And plopping these first thing into your Monday morning can make it even more stressful.

The Top 5 Frustrations with Office Voice Mail on Monday Mornings

  1. The Red Light – The most ominous thing about office voice mail is the ominous red light that remains on until you’ve listened to your messages all the way through.  Why couldn’t it have been green or even a happy yellow?
  2. Confusing Priorities – Listening to voice messages on Monday’s can be like drinking from a fire hose.  Lot of priorities and way too much information. Your own priorities can easily get lost in the mix.
  3. Huh?– There’s little worse than listening to a voice mail all the way through and still not understanding why they’re calling and what they’d like from you.
  4. Lack of Control – Most phones in Corp used to have a fast forward function so you could speed through the most rambling messages and still get the main point. Yes, the person leaving the voice message sounded a lot like Mickey Mouse but you could still understand them.  On most office phones that functions has been sadly removed.
  5. Reproduction – Bad, unclear voice mails have a tendency to multiply.  You receive an unclear voice mail and then you have to call (or email) to clarify before you can actually respond.

With all of these frustrations around office voice mail, it’s really easy to get stressed on Monday mornings.

But the good news is that with a few tweaks in how you approach your office voice mails, you can get through them more:

  • Easily
  • Efficiently
  • Swiftly

I’m sharing several quick, key strategies in my free podcast attached.

You can listen for free and even download it to your computer or MP3 player.

In it you’ll learn:

  • The 2 biggest traps in checking your voice messages on Monday Morning
  • The most productive way to check your voice mail using a simple tool that’s in every office (post-it notes).
  • Several resources you can use to make it easier to handle your voice message like Google Voice (free), YouMail, Voice Cloud ($5/mon), Phonetag ($.35/message).

To Ending Your Monday Morning Voice Mail Stress!

Ben

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