How to Give Good Phone
I think it’s a universally held truth that every person hates the sound of his or her own voice. I have a pretty forgettable voice, but I like to imagine sounding like Kathleen Turner after a pack of cigarettes. Yet there’s one place where my voice really shines – on the phone. Specifically in voicemail. I don’t know what happens, but when I hear that beep, I am suddenly a phone sex operator. I am who I always dreamed I could be.
So imagine my delight to discover there is actually a competition for people like me – an annual Phone-Answering Competition in Japan. Over 12,000 office workers competed this year – 60 became finalists – 1 won. There’s even an entire literary genre behind it, with titles like, “How to Talk Like a Workplace Beauty.”
Japan’s ideal voice, it turns out, is higher than usual, feminine, and energetic. One business manner expert explains, “Think of the musical scale — do, re, mi, fa — and imagine speaking in fa.” My phone sex operator persona would be a wonderful fit for you, Japan.
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