So, I am thinking that the writers of the many “Blank for Idoits” guide books also invented the voicemail system for most phones, cell phones. It’s 2007. I am thinking most people understand the mechanics of leaving a voicemail, unless they flew here straight from a tribal village in the uttermost parts of the world. (In which case, them “flying” here would be a whole other interesting post.) Instead, just in case we were confused we have to patiently sit through some woman’s voice, saying, “To leave a voicemail press (#) or wait for the tone.” Then, just in case we didn’t quite understand, after a brief pause, you hear, “At the tone, please leave your message.” Then, just in case we forget to hang up at the end, the polite woman’s voice comes back on at the end of our message asking us if we are satisfied with our message or whether we’d like to redo our message, or if we’re done, press pound, etc….how does anyone survive without this friendly prompt service?
A friend of mine and I were talking about it and we’re thinking that they could just eliminate the cheesy polite woman’s voice now. I think most of us have it down pat. If not, maybe it could be an option when you buy your service. The option would read: For those who struggle with the obvious when leaving a voicemail, for an extra fee, your service will include a strangely polite monotone woman’s voice prompting you through all the steps in order to leave a satisfying voicemail for your friends and family.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I find having to sit through prompts for the obvious extremely annoying. Sometimes there’s a bypass number, but generally you find yourself sarcastically quoting with the monotone polite woman’s voice….”To leave a voicemail, please wait for the tone….” There are several versions out there, but they’re so common, you can quote them all once you hear the first couple of words.
Modern technology at its best?
My apologies to anyone who has made their living as the cheesy polite monotone woman’s voice for all voicemails everywhere. I’m sure if this was eliminated, however, you could find work elsewhere. Your voice has a lot of experience and is very well known now.
(What are your current pet peeves?)