People tell me that I am pretty blunt via email but I consider it a form of efficiency. That is why I was pleasantly surprised when a friend sent me an article from Entrepreneur by Ross Mccammon that seemed to mirror my sentiments about email etiquette. I absolutely love his philosophy of brusque emailing and making a call when email is impractical.
I highly recommend reading the whole article over at the Entrepreneur but here are a few highlights:
- "What Would Robert De Niro Type?" Here’s how it works: You get an e-mail. You read that e-mail. You respond to the e-mail as if you were Robert De Niro. You will find that your e-mail responses will involve messages like "Sure" and "Great" and "Yes" and "No" and "Perfect" and "Come on" and "Sorry."
- "Just because you receive an e-mail doesn’t mean you need to reply by e-mail,"
- You might not receive a 500-word e-mail that ends with the worst question of all time: "Thoughts?"
- Ask yourself if you would CC yourself. Easy with the CC.
- If your message is less than seven words, put it in the subject line.
I plan on forwarding this one to quite a few contacts…