One of the many perks of my job is that I get to spend a lot of time on the phone, calling people who have no interest in talking to me.
Wait perk is not the right word. Oh well, it’ll come to me.
Anyway, when your job involves making cold calls, it usually means you spend most of your time talking to receptionists and voice mails.
I’ve got no beef with the receptionist crowd. They’re just trying to do their job: keep hooligans like me from bothering their boss, while I do mine: kinda sorta bother their boss.
The voice mails are another story.
Obviously the most annoying voice mail is the tried and true: “Hi! (needlessly long pause, just long enough for me to introduce myself before the rest of the message kicks in) You’ve reached so and so who works somewhere and so forth.”
It’s 2013. It’s unforgivable people in America still kind this gag funny. If we moved past Dane Cook, can’t we leave this one behind, too?
So that one takes the top spot, but sliding into second is a phenomenon that’s much lesser known, but still pretty initiating.