I prefer someone to say something like, "whatup, I want to talk to you about [subject]. Please give me a call back." That way, I can prepare just a lil' bit mentally.
I don't expect someone to have a full-blown monologue left for me via my voicemail, though, as they probably called in order to have a dialog with me.
I also use Google Voice, which transcribes other people's voicemails for me and sends it to me in an email. If they just ramble on, I can get the gist of what they're saying so that I can just skim over it. It's the greatest thing in the world.
When I call someone and they don't pick up, I usually leave a short, 30-second-ish bullet list summary to get the ball rolling when the dude calls me back. Otherwise, I'd probably forget what the hell I called them about when they called me back:
"Hi, bologna; you called me and asked me to call you back?"
"I did? Yeah, apparently I did."
"Well, what's up? What can I help you with?"
"I.. I don't know"
Oh, hell yes. Cellphones are merely a convenience; they should make things easier, not burden us further. It means that we have the capacity to reach out to one another at any given time, not that we must all absolutely be tethered at the hip.
Originally Posted by Jennifer
Hell, If I can't give you my full attention (or, well, whatever amount of attention is necessary), I wouldn't be respectful if I picked up and just listened to you halfassed anyway. I usually talk best when I'm sitting around with little distraction.