A guy I work with....phenomenal guy.... nice and hard working. I really enjoy working with him however when he calls, and it is usually something that could be easily handled via e-mail, he spends 45 seconds after I pick up the phone with "well good morning sir, how is your morning today? I hope it is going really good".
Okay, cut the crap and get to the meat and potatoes so I can finish the 95 other tasks I have going. Seriously, if you're going to call, keep it pithy; especially when it is something that could have been an e-mail. Business runs differently these days and the phone is really a last resort.