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Please leave a message: a simple way to prepare yourself for the dreaded voicemail

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13:30 PM | 3 July 2014
by Jim Compton-hall
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Going to voicemail can throw you off your game. Here's how to beat it and to make sure you're prepared for any situation.

Imagine this. You've plucked up the courage to phone up an employer. The phone is ringing. You've rehearsed what you're going to say over and over in your head. It keeps on ringing. Then suddenly the phone goes to voicemail. Now what?

Voicemail seems to cause panic in some people. It's something unexpected and throws you off your game. We've heard some er... interesting messages in the past.

But there is one easy way to leave a strong, confident message. That is simply to expect it.

You've probably prepared, or at least thought about, what you want to say assuming that someone will answer the phone. That's why voicemail trips a lot of people up. Because it doesn't fit into your plan and suddenly you have to think on your feet. So, if you know, before you dial, that you may go to voicemail, everything should be fine.

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