Hello, Sam speaking
How do you answer your phone? I’ve been having a small dilema on this topic for a while now, and it bothers me somewhat. I used to just answer my phone, home phone and mobile phone with a polite ‘Hello?’, but now I’m not sure if thats the most appropriate way to answer the phone. At work, I’m stuck with ‘The Topia Project, Sam speaking’ whilst on my mobile I really don’t know what to say.
I don’t feel that ‘Hello’ cuts it as friendly, for my friends, and business like for my clients. ‘Hello (or Hi) Sam speaking’ is my best alternative, but I’m not really that comfortable saying that, something isnt quite right. My dad, with the same name as me, answers his mobile phone with ‘Sam Brown’, this is informative to the caller on the other end, but it doesn’t seem as polite and friendly as I’d like.
Back home in Scotland our house phone was mostly answered with the words 449-6825 which was the number for anyone living in the surrounding suburbs.. this only recently struck me as an odd way to answer the phone, and would more than likely be annoying to everyone except for those who perhaps dialled the wrong number, and having the wrong number read back to them would they realise their mistake.
Currently, I’m trying to give up just saying ‘Hello’ when I answer, and substituting it with ‘Hi, Sam speaking’. Hopefully it grows on me over time unless I can come up with a worthy alternative.