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Add Humor to Your Voice Mail

1. Voice Mail with a Laugh!

Cxtec (a $116 million technology networking company based in
Syracuse, NY) offers a welcome relief to the usual voice mail
system, with a recording of a friendly, professional sounding
woman offering such options as: “Press two for customer service
that ROCKS, press four to listen to the roar of a lion, press
five to hear a pretty funny joke and press eight to hear
a clip from our in-house rock band. And if you’re not sick of
hearing my voice, press nine to hear all the options again!”
The entire message is laced with humor. The joke is, naturally,
a relevant joke related to technology. And yes, Cxtec has an
in-house band, another way to add more fun to the workplace.

This is a company that gets the idea that first impressions
LAST! Rather than having to wade through a monotonous, coma-
inducing voice blather on with options (that I always forget
by the time you reach the end!) Cxtex stands out from the
herd by offering some personality, humor and humanity that
makes you smile and makes you want to do business with them.
2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Add some personality and fun to your own voice mail message.
Add a thought of the day/week or a funny quote, let people know
your “alternative job title that describes the REAL you,” or
offer up a funny excuse as to why you can’t take their call.
3. Quote of the Week

“Bureaucracy = Comedy + Time” – Barbara Bud, CBC radio
4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky, World

A survey at revealed the following odd excuses
workers gave for being late:
– I accidentally went to my old job
– the Starbucks line was too long
– I didn’t have money for gas because all the pawnshops were

Happy Hump Day everyone. Don’t be late, start laughing now.
Copyright Michael Kerr, 2008. Surf by for the latest survey and to check out our
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