Brian's main idea regarding voicemail is ...
The next time you leave a message on someone’s cell phone, press ‘#’ when you’re done. On 99% of cell phone carriers you will then be given an opportunity to listen to your message, and if needed, delete it to record a new one.
He also has some very Toastmaster-like suggestions...
Some common problems you can try to eliminate from your speech are:Who would have guessed.... Voicemail... the untapped speaking opportunity!
* Saying ‘um’ and ‘ah’ more often than you should
* Saying ‘like’, ’sort of’, ‘maybe’, ‘you know’ or other filler words which can make you sound unsure or immature
* Raising the pitch of your voice at the end of a statement (as if
you were asking a question), which sounds child-like (try saying “My name is [your name]” and raising the pitch at the end)
* Speaking constantly in the same tone of voice, which can make you sound boring and tired