First Impressions Are Important When You Email.
May 3, 2011 Leave a comment
While first impressions can be made in as little as three seconds, we’ve all received email messages that are void of purpose and break countless email etiquette and business etiquette rules. The unfortunate result is a less than stellar first impression.
The whole point of effective business email writing is not to make an email message look pretty – it’s to do ALL of the following three things:
- Clearly express whatever the message or information you need to share (or receive)
- Write email in a way that makes the reader WANT to read and respond
- Enhance your personal & corporate brand and reputation
As the song from Canadian rock band Trooper goes, ‘A 3 dressed up as a 9, you’re only wasting my time’… or in the case of an email – the time of the people the writer is trying to engage.
Whether you are a student, an entrepreneur or an employee, the following are three email tips you can start practicing to help you go beyond good sentence structure when email writing.
- Before you start writing, clearly define your objective
- Before you hit send make it easy for the reader to do what you want them to do
- Be polite
These email tips will help you make a great first impression every time you write by showing your audience you know what you’re doing and will not… waste their time. These steps will also help you keep your first impression.
Happy communication and email writing.
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