August 26, 2005

Iím being pimped

Yes, Iím being pimped by my one of my bosses and I hate it! I feel so used. Not only that, heís procured my services for a senior executive in DC.

Perhaps I should explain a bit moreÖ my boss asked me this morning, while he was out of the office, if I wouldnít mind doing him a favor and recording over his vacation message with a standard outgoing voice mail greeting. Since he asked so sweetly, I agreed to do it. After all, this is the guy thatís going to decide the margin of my raise and sign off on it. No harm, no foul I thought and just did it.

This has happened before. The difference was that the requesters were women I worked with. They would usually ask me to do their voice mail messages as a favor because they always said that I "enunciate so well and clearly". Since I used to be in radio and did voice over commercials for awhile in college I thought nothing of it. The reason I left such a lucrative career was precisely because I was stalked for awhile by a crazy guy who listened to my early morning show.

I normally don't even think about my voice until I get a certain yet interesting reaction from guys. Colin once said I could make a lot of money in those telephone sex chat lines. Since that comment I've made it a point to just text or email him when we need to communicate. But none of this came to mind this morning until after I received the conference call from my boss and his colleague.

It seems that when this senior exec from DC, heard my bossí voice mail message, he contacted my boss asking if I could record the same message for him. Well, they both got on the phone and after chatting me up for a bit made their request. I was caught so off guard I just said yes and did it without really thinking too much about it. Well the guy in DC just called me, all excited, and thanked me profusely for his new outgoing message. After the second effusion, I cut the call short and got off the phone. He said that after looking at my picture in the corporate directory he's looking forward to meeting me in 2 weeks when he's in NY.

The down side is that I feel so skeeved by the whole thing. I almost feel the need a lot hot shower with lots and lots of soap. Uggh! The upside is that's the week I'll be on vacation. HAH! So I'll be spared the introduction.

Posted by Michele at August 26, 2005 12:53 PM | TrackBack

Sounds rather unprofessional. Careless too, in this day of almost anything being interpreted as sexual harassment.

Posted by: Ted at August 26, 2005 12:18 PM

Obviously, Ted, you've never heard her voice.

I'd bet that if Michele were to add voice to her blog her visits would go up - way up. (pardon the pun)

Oh, and M - when you are feeling brave, could you adjust the blog template to put the poster name at the top of the post, as I've done. I don't wanna be creeped out thinking you wrote something when it was by Colin. (sorry dude)


Posted by: _Jon at August 26, 2005 03:55 PM

When I catch a cold, my voice gets very deep and husky. I sound like Demi Moore. When I worked at my old job, a bunch of guys that worked in a different department used to call me on the phone throughout the day to hear the husky 'hello'. Jerks. I finally told them I was no longer answering the phone when I was sick.

Posted by: Bou at August 26, 2005 10:44 PM

Would you record my message on my work voice mail for me?!?! I work with mostly females so the two guys that actually call me would get a kick out of it! :)

Seriously though, I have to agree with Ted, this is kind of creepy in that possible sexual harassment kind of way.

Posted by: Contagion at August 27, 2005 10:47 AM

Great. Now I'm curious.

You're just being mean at this point. Why don't you go ahead & post "when I'm at the beach wearing my transparent Wicked Weasel bikini" while you're at it? :-P

Posted by: Harvey at August 29, 2005 12:49 AM
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