Is your first impression HELLO?

Written by Chris Bradford and Brande McCree

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4. You let them know their call is important to you.

5. And you asked for a detailed message.

Asking for a detailed message is very important. It allows you to be prepared when you return their call by knowing what they were calling about. It also prevents a lot ofrepparttar time lost playing telephone tag. Ifrepparttar 102049 caller leaves you enough detail, you may be able to take care of their request, and when you return their call, should you get their recorder, simply be able to leave a message that you accomplishedrepparttar 102050 task.

Here are a few rules to go by when answeringrepparttar 102051 phone and recording an answering machine message.

1. Your answering machine message should be in an adult voice. Having your children on your answering machine may be cute, but it is unprofessional.

2. Make surerepparttar 102052 room is quiet when you record your answering machine message. Noises from children, window air conditioners, televisions, radios, refrigerators andrepparttar 102053 like are distracting torepparttar 102054 caller.

3. Never let your younger children answerrepparttar 102055 phone. Older teenagers should be trained to answerrepparttar 102056 phone inrepparttar 102057 manner described in this article.

4. Unless you haverepparttar 102058 equipment to professionally dub music, do not play music on your answering machine message. It sounds terrible, is distracting, and is unprofessional.

5. When you are available, answer every call. People want immediate response.

6. Answer all calls inrepparttar 102059 manner described herein. Even if it is your closest friend or a member of your organization you speak to several times daily. This does two things. First, it keeps you inrepparttar 102060 habit. Secondly, it sets an example for members of your organization.

By following these few simple rules, you will makerepparttar 102061 best first impression possible.

Chris Bradford and Brande McCree are the publishers of MLM Success Today, a weekly newsletter offering original articles written by its publishers for both the experienced and the beginner network marketer.

The Four Work Stresses of Christmas

Written by Martin Avis

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3. 'What-haven't-I-done-itis'. When I worked for advertising agencies, every Christmas was blighted by worries of what I may have forgotten, what I may have rushed and done wrong, what other people may have messed up and so on. It was only in my last couple of years that I crackedrepparttar problem. I made lists. Big lists. I wrote down everything that needed to be thought about from December 1st onwards. If I had a newspaper campaign running I would call every paper to double checkrepparttar 102048 ad positions. And I would write downrepparttar 102049 answers. I became obsessive about detail. And it worked. On Christmas Eve I would make two copies of all my notes, leave one on my desk and takerepparttar 102050 other home, locked in my briefcase. Then, whenrepparttar 102051 demon thought sprang up during Christmas lunch that I had forgotten something vital, I knew I had it covered - and hadrepparttar 102052 evidence to prove it to myself.

Funnily enough, just knowing that it was there made me forget about it completely and enjoy my holiday.

The moral ofrepparttar 102053 story is - don't plan for Christmas Eve, plan forrepparttar 102054 days you will be home worrying.

4. Photocopiers and backsides. It might sound like fun, especially after a few beers. Don't go there. That glass can splinter! And even if it doesn't, do you really wantrepparttar 102055 evidence of a drunken moment to haunt your career for years? There is always someone who has had a few less drinks than you who thinks it's amusing to hang on torepparttar 102056 evidence.

Have a laugh, but try not to lose all your inhibitions. A broken photocopier could berepparttar 102057 least of your worries!

'Call a truce, then, to our labours let us feast with friends and neighbours, And be merry asrepparttar 102058 custom of our caste; For if "faint and forcedrepparttar 102059 laughter," and if sadness follow after, We are richer by one mocking Christmas past.'

> Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), author, poet. Christmas in India.

Christmas is a lovely time if worries about work don't poison it for you. Try to plan ahead and have yourself a very merry Christmas this year.

Martin Avis is a management and training consultant. To get your unfair advantage (and 6 free gifts) in Internet marketing, business and personal success, subscribe free to his weekly newsletter, BizE-zine. or visit his information-packed website at

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