Knock Knock Who’s There? Professional Telephone and Conference Call Etiquette: Part 1 – Announce Yourself

I once had a boss who made it a habit to always announce herself whenever she joined a call whether she joined on time or she arrived on the call a few minutes late. She would quietly announce, “Hi, XYZ is on the line.” She didn’t ever want there to be any doubt or confusion around her attendance. When necessary, she would add a brief explanation “Hi XYZ, is on the line. My last meeting ran a bit late.” She would even politely announce herself while someone else was talking. She wanted people to know she was on the line and that the true business discussion could begin.

Do you always announce yourself when you join a telephone or conference call? Why or why not?

What do you believe the benefits or drawbacks of announcing yourself are? Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Comment below.

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