About 90% of them were obsolete because we had already dealt with the issue. Another 5% were low priority for me and ignored--I couldn’t write down anything while driving. (And honestly, who wants to write anything down. Just text me a number I can click to call, or send an email or text where it's already written down!) The remaining 5% I would have liked to have gotten to sooner, but, months later it was certainly too late.
So, what’s the next logical step after dealing with unhelpful cries left by voice to a number that ignored them for so long?
Cut out the bullshit. I instantly made the decision to update my personal and business line voicemail message to say the following:
“Hi, you’ve reached Matt Holmes, Founder of the Handshaking.com. I don’t check voicemails, so please shoot me a text message or email me at email@example.com (and spelled it out).
Before I tell you what will happen moving forward, you should know about two tools I already had working to my advantage.
I wish I would have abandoned voicemail sooner!
These two things had helped, but weren't enough and didn't come across to the level of professionalism I hold myself accountable to today.
As my business grows I realize more and more that time and network are the most valuable resources. I do not want phone calls or voicemails that can be answered in literally 2 seconds via text message or email. Get straight to the point when you communicate with me, please. I'm sure a number of you out there feel the same way!
I'm working towards being a better communicator with everyone I interact with professionally and personally by setting expectations up front, even if it’s not traditional. I encourage you to do the same so your friends, for example, don't text you when you never check your texts. Get crazy!
Oh, I'm also big on Twitter & Quora. So get at me there. Youtube is where i'm super active, now in 2023, too.