Be brief: Many people leaving voicemail tend to run on...

File Cabinet

December 07, 1997

Be brief: Many people leaving voicemail tend to run on aimlessly and include too many details, forcing recipients to keep replaying a message. Ken Taylor head of Decker Communications, a communications training firm in San Francisco, offers some advice: Keep your voice mail brief and to the point, with 20 to 30 seconds the optimum length. If you have a lot of detailed information, use an e-mail or memo instead.

Price of success: Many of the nation's highest-paid corporate executives say their work has helped them move way up the economic ladder, but this progress has come at a big price in terms of stress and sacrifices in their personal lives. A survey by investment management company U.S. Trust found that 86 percent of the top-paid executives came from poor, lower or middle class backgrounds, but 94 percent say they are upper middle class or wealthy today. But 67 percent said they've had to give up time to relax and 56 percent said they've had to give up vacations.

Pub Date: 12/07/97

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