what is the most ethical way of answering the phone?

Philippines
November 14, 2006 10:57pm CST
must we always begin with a greeting? hello? good morning? share your thoughts...
9 responses
@alchemistrx (2554)
• Philippines
16 Nov 06
I would always go formal. I would say "Good Morning, May I know who's on the line?
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• Philippines
17 Nov 06
that's very nice of you. thanks for responding.
• Philippines
17 Nov 06
that's very nice of you. thanks for responding.
@Jshean20 (14359)
• Canada
16 Nov 06
I think we should just say whatever we want when we pick up the phone, it's not always so important to impress other people. I don't mean that we should say something mean when we pick up the phone, I'm just saying we don't have to use the same greeting that everyone else does.
• Philippines
17 Nov 06
you're right. but sometimes i just find it rude when the person calling just goes in looking for someone in a very rough voice. i find it rather upsetting, wouldn't you? of course we could get creative with our opening lines. thanks for responding...
• Philippines
16 Nov 06
they said its a waste of tym..tell your name who u are and straight to the point..maybe u can can greetings like "(Name)good morning!"
• Philippines
16 Nov 06
beginning with "good morning" sounds nice. thanks for responding.
@chance00 (3332)
• United States
16 Nov 06
Hello is a good way to answer the phone
• Philippines
16 Nov 06
yes, i usually answer the phone with "hello'. thanks for responding.
• India
15 Nov 06
hello is the standard... well for formal conversations.. i prefer wishing good morning, afternoon...etc..
• Philippines
16 Nov 06
thanks for replying. it's just that there are some people i find rude because when they call you, they'd go looking for the person they want to talk to without any greetings whatsoever, and sometimes, the tone of voice is so rough it just gets to me.
• United States
15 Nov 06
depends on whos calling me always look at the caller id..someone i dont know i always answer with hello..someone i do know and close with i may answer with an inside joke or personal thing between the two of us :)
• Philippines
15 Nov 06
that's interesting! good thing, you have a caller ID. we don't have one installed yet, so there's no way of knowing who called.
• United States
18 Jun 07
Depends who's the caller. My family get a "Hallo?" (in Spanish). If it's an unknown number I just answer with "hello?". If it's something relating to work or a corporate call, I'd answer as "Good morning/evening, (my name and last name) speaking" and if it's one of my friends I answer with insults, "What'cha want you poonswiping hussy!" and such. Haha! =)
@2wicelot (2945)
18 Jun 07
I think a simple hello would suffice provided it is said politely and courteously. I read somewhere that you should smile while answering the phone because the person at the other end can hear it in your voice. I believe this is true because sometimes when you answer the phone you kind of have an idea the mood the person on the other end is in.
@mattmc419 (361)
• United States
16 Nov 06
I always say "hello" no matter what