www.stevesavage.com ι January 2010

Voice mail is voice jail. You don’t want to leave a voice mail unless you simply have to. But sometimes you have no choice. So when you do leave a voice mail, do you ever wonder why people don’t return your calls?

How many times have you listened to a message and you could not understand the name or the number? Have you ever made that mistake?

Analyze this:

Leave your number twice – SLOWLY!

When you leave a voice mail, leave your number twice: at the beginning and at the end.

And say your number SLOWLY!!!

There is nothing more annoying than to have someone leave their phone number and rattle it off so fast that you can’t comprehend it. Don’t ever make that mistake!!

(You have been through the drill. You replay it twice. You don’t understand it. You delete it. Don’t let it happen to you!)

Here’s an example of how to do it right:

Hi, Dave! I’m Steve Savage. (SLOWLY, PAUSE.)

My number is 802-355-8533. (SLOWLY, DISTINCTLY, PAUSE.)

Please give me a quick call. Our mutual friend, John Evans, suggested we get acquainted. My strategy increased his business by 27% in 180 days. (PAUSE.) He thought you’d like to hear about it.

We can do a quick analysis in 6 minutes. (PAUSE.)

Again, my name is Steve Savage. (SLOWLY)

Please call me at 802-355-8533. (SLOWLY, DISTINCTLY, PAUSE.)

This works! Go slowly. Be calm. You won’t get 100% response. But...you will increase your response rate dramatically.

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