For those of us who still use a telephone for talking—as opposed to strictly texting—leaving the perfect voice mail message requires one part tact and two parts tone. A misplaced punctuation mark can mean the difference between desperation, "Call me back!" and a simple direction, "Call me back."
Meanwhile, a misplaced pause or overemphasized adjective is voicemail suicide. And since a single voicemail can be saved into eternity, it's recommended that you practice what you're about to preach, maybe even out loud.
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Likewise, when a woman's voice is too dull and husky, it's difficult for a guy to dial without feeling like he's about to flip through an encyclopedia. "Her voice was humorless and deliberate, like a Vice-Principal," explained a Nerve "Date Machine" blogger. "I felt like we should have been talking about anthropology or bird migration."