The idea of leaving a voicemail was probably revolutionary a few decades back. But by now, I think it’s safe to say that everyone gets the gist of it. We all know to leave a message after the tone. No one is expecting to leave a message after the car horn or after the meow or after the moan. Tone = leave your message. Got it. But instead, what should be a ten second process turns into some ridiculous ordeal that goes something like this:
Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice messaging system. eight one eight five six one five five five five is not available. At the tone, please record your message. Beep.
“Hey, it’s Lara. Just wanted to say–”
When you are finished recording, you may hang up or press 1 for more options. Beep.
“Hi, it’s me. I was calling because–”
To leave a callback number, press 5. Beep.
To send a numeric page, press 2 now. Beep.