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Phone Etiquette

Hello. I would like to speak to Teri?
May I ask who is calling?
This is Juju.
Oh Juju. I’m sorry but Teri doesn’t live here anymore. Do you have her new telephone number?
No I don’t. Could you give it to me?
Well I haven’t gotten it either. But she does check messages. I will tell her that you called.
Thank you. Goodbye.

Don’t you just hate that telephone call? How many times have you given it or gotten it. Well I think the next time it happens to you just make sure that whenever that former roommate or housemate calls that they leave that forwarding information. However, if you are no longer talking to them then I suggest that you tell them that.

Next situation:

Hello. May I speak to Teri?
This is Teri May I ask who is calling?
This is Misha from the Business of Writing.
Oh well I am on the no call list. You shouldn’t have been able to make this telephone call.
Oh I didn’t see you on the Do Not Call List. I will make a noted remove you from the list.
Thank you for your time.

Next situation:
Hello. May I speak to Teri?
May I ask who is calling? (Teri in the background. Tell them I’m not here. Slightly audble)
Oh (Shush they can hear you. Oh! Oh!)
Oh Mr. Michaels. Well she isn’t available right now.
OH you heard her in the background you thought? No its a tape recording.
Well I will be happy to tell her you called. Bye.

Well I hope you enjoyed the telephone calls. The last one is one I am sure we all do or have heard. You ain’t slick you all. We just don’t say anything next time we see you.



Meeting my deadline. Oh my God the daily stresses of meeting my deadline. My next deadline is August 17, 2011 at 12 am. Why that early? Because I have to forward it to the owner of the blog in order to post it. And then I guess she will give me the information for posting. How important is a deadline? When you have one to get your book to the publisher it is very important. In fact, that this deadline may be the very one that makes you a lot of money might make a world of difference to you and your pocketbook.
As a paralegal/secretary you have to meet the deadlines in accordance with the rules of the courts. Although you can ask for extension in your time to answer you must meet that deadline. For interrogatory answers it is I believe 60 days, for notice to produce it is 30 days, for an independent medical examination you are given a date to have the appointment and then you are allowed to switch the date with a fee for a missed appointment until it becomes a court ordered appointment. And then you face court ordered sanctions if you fail to attend and it is possible that the court may not allow you to enter into evidence any medical information pertaining to the said injury.
As a teacher you face deadlines that you create for your class as well as state mandated dates for the continuation of your tenure as a teacher. As a student we are given deadlines for papers, projects and other things. Deadlines are in everything we do.
I am going to draw your attention to an article that I wrote in another blog called Time Management in http://www.teribelle.wordpress.com. In it the piece gives what I hope to be good ways of managing your time so that those deadlines are met. I had to learn to better manage my time in order to do my job whether as a secretary or a paralegal better. And I learned how it all came together in my job as a secretary for the General Counsel of an insurance company. And I found out also that I like being on the peripheral of the law case as oppose to in the meet of it. By that I mean I like sending you the information that you need to use in your defense or prosecution of the case.
Taking what is said in that article one step further your deadline for the publisher might be say by August 2012. That gives you one year to complete your book for publication. And my understanding because I have only been published on the internet and the book that I wrote is print on demand (you ask and I make you a book that you pay for) I am not completely knowledgeable of the ins and outs of publishing. But your publisher may have you rewrite a portion of your novel. This will then push back the date that your book is published. So you have some finger biting still to do with your deadline even after you hand in your finished manuscript. But it will be worth the wait to see your finished project.
And I can’t wait to pick it up to read.


Please check out the Golden Pen Contest for 2011. I will post the website along with the link for the rules a little later on today.