Everyone has their list of email pet peeves.
As I speak across the country I often poll my audiences on their email habits. I also have some fun in asking them what their pet peeves are with email. Here are a few that always make the list.
- People who hit “Reply to All”
- Poor or vague subject lines
- Being unnecessarily copied
- People who overuse the Priority Symbol (!)
If you recognize yourself in any of the above, trust me when I tell you that you’re annoying those you communicate with. It’s time to make some changes.
- Hit “Reply to All” when everyone in the email chain truly needs to see your response.
- Write your subject lines with your recipient in mind. Be specific and descriptive.
- At the onset of a new project, be clear on the who, what and when. I.e. Who needs copying on what type of information and when.
- Only use the Priority Symbol on occasion and only when truly necessary.