By Mitch Taylor
Let’s face it… voicemail should be called voiceJAIL. Why? Because that’s the feeling most clients get when they call and get sent to your voicemail. They feel stuck, and often don’t know how to respond or where to go from there. Why? Because your voicemail probably sucks. Don’t tell me about how you need to stay professional or how you put on your best DJ voice and tell people that their call is important to you. Um… hello? If their call is that important to you, you would answer the phone!
People don’t want to “leave a message after the tone” — they want to talk with you.
We are in the fun business, not the DJ business. We need to keep every part of our interaction with today’s clients as upbeat as possible. How can you do that? It begins by providing clients everything they need to know about you in your voicemail.
Let’s break this down.
Make it fun: Showcase your humor if you’re funny, if you’re not, forget it. Tell a (very) brief story. Keep it upbeat and interesting and throw a curveball whenever you can. People are expecting the same lame “leave a message after the tone”. Don’t give it to them. Give them something different and get creative.
Keep it brief: It today’s world, people don’t have time to spare. Give them the information they need without droning on about your physical address, where you are across from or spouting out the “www” in your web address (here’s a clue: you DON’T need to say the “www” anymore).
Be Friendly: This is NOT the time to show off your resonant DJ voice. Actually speak like you speak to your significant other or your best friend. Fake is out — especially when you’re trying to make a good first impression and connect with the human on the other end of the phone.
Voicemail is often your first point of contact. Make it different, keep it short, be upbeat and watch your connections soar just by being you and a little bit weird!
Mitch Taylor has worked in the Mobile Disc Jockey industry for over two decades, first cutting his teeth as an on-board club DJ for Carnival Cruise Lines. In addition to owning and operating Taylored Weddings in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, he is a sought-after speaker and Gitomer Certified Advisor whose sales training, books, coaching and workshops are in high demand all over the country.