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Email Etiquette fun

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… :)

5 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Thank you. I’m sharing this with my work. We have some violators to this concept. LOL. :)

  2. Some good points though hard to tell with Google translate!

  3. I personally use email in business as if I were writing a letter. Proper grammer, spelling, etc. I proof read every word at least twice to make sure that it makes sense and gets my point accross. Non business personal email is pretty much the same but I don’t worry about making it too business like/formal.

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