To all message-leavers: please consider the following points when faced with leaving a message on a person's voicemail.
- Please clearly state your full name at the beginning of the message. Unacceptable substitutions include, but are not limited to “Hi, it's me”, variations thereof, or no greeting whatsoever.
- Please make a reference to what you are calling about. It is against best practices to leave a message that requests a call back “as soon as I can” without a trace of why I should return this call.
- Find a way to make it succint. It is my voice prompting you to leave a message, but that doesn't mean that you're actually talking to me. A brief paraphrasing is appropriate until we can converse about the subject in the near future.
- If more than 2 rounds of phone tag have occurred, please suggest an alternative way to relay your message. Perhaps a detailed email or a friendly postcard would suffice.
- Finally, please conclude your message with a way that I could reach you. Desired forms include an email address, telephone number, instant messenger screen name, carrier pigeon, etc. Be creative, but be sure not to leave this out.
Following the above tips will create a message that can be easily interpreted and will increase chances of a return call. Thanks for your time.