Monday, August 6, 2012

Phone Etiquette

Is caller ID today considered the new voicemail?

Scenario 1: The Friend

If my friend Andrea calls me, but doesn't leave a voicemail does that mean she wants me to call her back? In this case, I say yes. We are close friends and even if she didn't necessarily need me to call her back, we have enough to talk about that we can basically chat any time.

Scenario 2: The Business Call

Here is where I get confused. I do volunteer work and often make calls to check people's references. The invent of caller ID means that if they don't recognize the number, they don't pick up the phone (I admit I am guilty of this myself), therefore, 9 times out of 10 I end up leaving a voicemail for the reference to call me back. If they call me and I miss the call, they almost NEVER leave a voicemail. Is this considered a call back and it is again my turn or not?

I miss the days of answering machines, when you waited for the machine to pick up and the person to start talking to see who it was before you picked . My how far we have (not) come.

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