Posted by Double M
A quick text message is infinitely better than a voicemail.
Occasionally I'll walk away from my desk without carrying my phone. Invariably, I will return to a missed call. Of course, if the number is in my phone book, I'll just call it back. There is nothing worse than when that person leaves me a voicemail because now I have to debate whether I actually check it or just call them (hint: I always, always use the latter).
An even worse scenario is when I'm sitting in a meeting and purposefully don't answer. Now I've seen the call come in, decided not to answer, and know that I need to call the person back. Then, about 30 seconds later, my phone rings because a voicemail just came in.
Sadly, here is the content of most of my voicemails "Hey, what's up, Matt? Give me a call when you get this." Disgraceful. Why?
1) Everyone's phone will tell them that they have a missed call.
2) Look back at that message: No name, no phone number. Basically this is an acknowledgement that you know that I know you called but you've decided to leave me an inconvenient notifier on my phone anyway.
If you want to get through to me and I don't answer, there is a very easy way: text. If I don't answer it is usually for a good reason, and I'm much more likely to respond to a text message than check my voicemail (especially if I chose to not answer in the first place).
Of course, as voicemails pile up, the chance of me checking them and answering them diminishes greatly. After Vegas I had 22 voicemails. I listened to them, but if I had talked to that person post voicemail, I pressed the delete button before the end of the voicemail.
There are basically two reasons that are acceptable to leave voicemails:
1) The person doesn't have your number and you think they might have screened your call
2) You need to deliver a very important message and will be unavailable in the near future
3) You are calling a land-line with a bona fide answering machine.
So next time I don't answer, just shoot me a text (or sext).