Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Are you living in the US?

Have you avoided setting up your voicemail in English because you aren’t sure what to say?

Today we’ll show you exactly how to set it up and what to say.

If you don’t have your voicemail set up and you get a business call, most likely the person will not try to call back again so you will miss an opportunity.

What to say in your voicemail message (personal):

  • Part 1: Greeting- “Hi, it’s (name) or ” “Hi you’ve reached (name)” or “You’ve reached (name’s) mobile.”
  • Part 2: Explain the situation: “I”m not available now” or “I can’t come to the phone right now” or “I’m not here right now.”
  • Part 3: Call to action: “Please leave your name, number and a brief message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.” or “Please leave a message and I will get back to you.”


Business voice message in English:

  • Part 1: Greeting- “You’ve reached the desk of Michelle Kaplan”
  • Part 2: I am either away from my desk or on another call.”
  • Part 3: “For immediate assistance, please contact (name) and (number)” or “Please leave a message”
  • Part 4: “Thank you and have a great day.”



Have you set up your voicemail yet?

What questions do you have about how to do it?

Ask us your questions in the comments.

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