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How to Record a Professional Voice Mail Greeting


You want your business voice mail greeting to be polished and professional. Follow these steps to record the perfect outgoing voice mail message.

Image of a professional recording a voice mail greeting

There are several ways to give your voice mail a professional-sounding and “crisp” image. Of course, the content of what your voice mail greeting says is very important, too. So be sure to prepare your message in advance. Too many people try to “wing-it” and then the greeting sounds less-than-professional.

Here’s what you should do to record a professional voice mail greeting…

Step 1 – Prepare your voice mail greeting

Most mistakes are made right at the beginning. Many people do not know what they are going to say in advance and so they try to make a voice mail recording on-the-fly. Even only having a general idea of what you are going to say won’t really cut it. These types of greetings lack professionalism and sincerity. Write out your voice mail greeting word for word in advance and be sure to include information like:

– Your name
– Your business name
– The type of information that you need to return the call (name, number, details, etc)
– When a caller can expect a return call

Some people try to get really fancy with their voice mail greetings and they will put the current date on their message. This requires you to update your voice mail greeting daily. This level of customization is completely unnecessary and often leads to problems when the user forgets to update the actual date itself. However, updating your outgoing voice mail message to reflect a particular season or holiday can be a nice touch as long as you remember to change it accordingly.

Step 2 – Record your voice mail greeting

You now have 2 options to record your voice mail greeting:

– Use your phone, or,
– Have your greeting professionally recorded

Using your Phone

If you are going to use your own phone to record your greeting, be sure to use a land line. Cell phones can’t always be trusted to  produce a high quality sound and often the callers will hear distortion, static, or flight information in the background because you decided to record a new message while waiting for your plane at the airport. Always use a land line in a quiet setting to make your recording.

When you speak into your phone, do not speak directly into the mouthpiece. If you do, you will likely create “popping” and “hissing” noises when you pronounce words that have the letters “p” or “s” in them. Be sure to speak across the mouthpiece and not directly into it.

Professionally recorded

If you can get your voice mail greeting professionally recorded, then definitely consider it! These greetings sound great and can have a strong “corporate” or “important” feeling to them. When they are done properly, these recordings can be very memorable and get a lot of attention. A professional voice talent can be hired to make your greeting sound fantastic. Yes, they might be less personal, but they are certainly professional. So it’s up to you which image you want to portray. If you use a web-based voice mail system like Solaxis, then you can upload these recordings directly into your voice mail system.

Take the time to make your voice mail greeting sound perfect. Give callers a positive impression. Then be as responsive as you can be to messages that are left for you.

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About Brian Gabriel

As the Call Center Manager for Sound Telecom, Brian is responsible for overseeing the daily operations and long term success of the company while managing a variety of inbound customer support programs. He also has a hand in taking care of the Solaxis services division. Prior to joining Sound Telecom, Mr. Gabriel held management positions with several prominent Internet Services companies including and Brian started his career in advertising and sales before moving to Washington State. He joined AEI Music in 1995 and supervised their international customer service department and technical support call centers. Brian received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish languages from San Diego State University. Brian teaches adult education at his church and actively supports Christian ministries.