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In my last blog post, I began the conversation about proper e-mail etiquette — sharing the first four of eight tips to ensure your digital messages get results and not considered as spam.
If you missed that first blog post, you might want to read it here and then come back.
People are so used to getting and sending e-mails, that they take them entirely for granted. While e-mail can be a very powerful tool in your communication arsenal, proper etiquette and professionalism should not be overlooked when sending them..
If you think writing effective business e-mails is a no-brainer, you might have your eyes opened by this article on BusinessInsider.com: “11 Cringeworthy ‘Reply-All’ Email Disasters.”
Here are the remaining four of my eight business e-mail tips:
By one statistic I found, every single day there are 144.8 billion business-related e-mails sent.
E-mail can be an effective tool for business, networking, relationship building, sales, and interoffice communications. But, like all communication skills, your e-mails can brand you either as a lax amateur, or the consummate professional.
Do you know proper e-mail etiquette?
It’s not that hard to learn the skills for professional business correspondence in our digital age. My new “mini” book Write It Right: Business Writing for Results delves into this topic — how to craft more impactful business correspondence.
Writing an effective business e-mail, however, is not the same thing as a proposal or client letter.
Whether it’s an e-mail cover letter for a job, a pitch to a new client, an interoffice memo, a correspondence with a vendor, or any other business e-mail, the guidelines are common sense, straightforward, and simple.
“Electronic etiquette faux pas” — the very phrase makes me smile.
Who would have thought, even 20 years ago, that such a thing would need to be addressed?
So, it was with great interest that I read this Forbes.com article: “Top 10 Electronic Etiquette Faux Pas.”
I’ve focused on etiquette a lot in this blog, and with good reason.
The way we communicate is changing rapidly and continuously — and we all need to change with the times.
Without endlessly reading modern etiquette books, how do we do it? How do we know whether to use
e-mail vs. a voice-mail message, or when a quick text will do? How do we know when to answer our cell phone or when to let it take a message?
I read with great interest a recent article on the NBC News website, regarding employers being frustrated by their new hires’ lack of effective writing skills.
That’s a common refrain BRODY hears from many clients – many professionals lack basic writing skills, including employees who’ve been on the job for years. Bottom line: Communicating well verbally doesn’t always translate into effective written communication.
The NBCnews.com article said that companies are increasingly providing their staff with writing training — investing in career development for these new hire employees.
Are you ready to do the same for yourself or your team?
BRODY’s Writing for Impact training programs can help. My “mini” book Business Writing for Results is also a great resource.
Here are some strategies for effective business writing from this book …
The first step before you begin any business writing project is to organize the material.