Email Practices to Avoid

Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 4.52.39 PMEveryone 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.

  1. People who hit “Reply to All”
  2. Poor or vague subject lines
  3. Being unnecessarily copied
  4. 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.

  1. Hit “Reply to All” when everyone in the email chain truly needs to see your response.
  2. Write your subject lines with your recipient in mind. Be specific and descriptive.
  3. 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.
  4. Only use the Priority Symbol on occasion and only when truly necessary.
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