Inane means lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly. This is INANE ANSWERING MESSAGE DAY!!!
The answering machine is a device for answering telephones and recording callers’ messages. On a two-cassette answer phone, there is an outgoing cassette, which after a certain number of rings plays a pre-recorded message to the caller who rang the number. Once the message is complete, the outgoing cassette stops and the incoming cassette starts recording the caller’s message, and then stops when the caller hangs up.
We have a choice to make on this day. I know, you hate choices before you’ve had coffee – so drink your coffee first and then make your decision.
Ready??? Ok… (hey, that sounded like a cheerleader!)
You can either use this day to be more professional with your answering machine message – you know, try to not giggle or spew pop through your nose in the middle of it. This would probably be a good idea if you are leaving a message on your phone at work – or if you are in the process of trying to find a job. Jus’ sayin…
If there is too much personal information on your message, like, “You guys KNOW I’m always out for my daily walk at 3pm every day.” Yeah – well the world doesn’t really need to know that. Make your message short, sweet and complete without a lot of double-talk.
Yes, I know I’m the queen of double-talk. I reign proudly, thank you very much!
Under certain circumstances, your message should be as professional sounding as you can make it.
It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to. – Annie Gottlier
But… here is choice number two.
If you are out of the workforce and free as the breeze, not waiting for the phone call from a potential employer, you could make your answering machine short and sweet, but creative, funny and silly!
Let’s face it – answering machine messages are dull and boring. Why not liven them up a bit today??? Although this annual “holiday” was created by Wellcat back in 2001 to encourage us to “change, shorten, replace or delete those ridiculous and/or annoying answering machine messages that waste the time of anyone who must listen to them”, I think making them more creative would do away with the “boring” factor.
You’re the only one who can assess your situation and decide if it’s time to starch and iron that answering machine message – polish it up – or loosen your collar a bit and make it a little more crazy. The message doesn’t have to go on forever – it can be short and sweet and complete either way.
Here’s an idea… you could call someone and leave a totally inane voice message for them! That could be fun!
Today you may change that outgoing message on your machine – and make it a fancy tux or a purple polka-dot frock, or leave a lime green slime message on a friend’s answering machine. Wink! 😉 It’s totally up to you. 🙂