Business savvy professionals know that telephone conversations remain one of the most common forms of business communication. Therefore, handling telephone conversation with class and savvy will benefit both you as a professional and your company. We have developed a summary of the current generally accepted etiquttes, practices and procedures to assure you will know how to handle this daily chore with confidence. We are going to break this section into three main categories: Answering Calls, Placing Calls, and Use of Your Voicemail.

Answering Calls

Business Man Phone EtiquetteAnswering incoming calls appropriately is a very important business skill. The generally accepted phone answering practices are comprised of three basic steps. The first step is to verify whether or not the company has a current procedure for answering incoming calls. If the company does not have a procedure in place the next step is to make sure you smile when you answer the phone. Answering the phone with a smile gives the caller a welcomed feeling, thus typically resulting in a smoother conversation. Next remember that answering calls should begin with a short but thorough statement. This statement consists of a greeting such as "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon", company or department name (depending on whether the call is external or internal), and your first and last name. Following these three basic steps will improve your confidence and show your employer that you are business savvy.

Placing Calls

Placing effective phone calls for business purposes also require business savvy. Thus you must remember to free yourself of distractions before placing a call and smile as you will project a more exciting and welcomed feeling upon the recipient. Proper telephone etiquette requires that one fully identifies himself/herself when placing telephone calls. This means you should begin with a greeting, state your first and last name, state the company you work for, and finish by asking for who you are wishing to speak with. Freeing yourself from distractions, smiling, and fully identifying yourself in a brief and thorough manner will help make business calls more successful.

Use of Your Voicemail

Most callers are not fond of speaking to automated services or leaving voice messages; therefore, we are going to provide some tips to relieve some of these voicemail pressures. Recording your voicemail message is best completed when you have practiced or recited your message prior to recording. Another tip when recording your message is to ask only for minimal information to release pressure from the caller. Remember that if the caller has a specific purpose for calling, they will leave the needed information. Finally, one problem that has arisen from the use of voicemail can and should be avoided. This problem is that many business-men/business-women are using their voicemail to screen calls. A business savvy professional knows to only use voicemail for what it was designed for and that is answering calls when one is unavailable.