I just read Bustle’s How to Sound Smarter and More Professional in Emails: 9 Easy But Powerful Tips, and wanted to add some commentary.
The 9 tips, plus some thoughts from me:

  1. Never say “just” –  This was an eye-opener for me because I use “just” all the time. “Hey there, I’m just checking in about…” is passive and apologetic. But I also think there’s something to be said about communication style and how you get #8 across in writing.
  2. Spell correctly
  3. Use as few words as possible
  4. Start a new paragraph for each new point – I think #3 and #4 are related. I’ve learned that sending a list of bullet points can be extremely effective.
  5. Use the rich text formatting option – The article suggests linking your words instead of pasting a link in all its slashy and hypeny glory. I like it. Much cleaner.
  6. Have a signature – I know I rely on those babies when I need to access a phone number quickly.
  7. Proofread
  8. Always be nice – THIS SHOULD BE #1.
  9. Do not use emoji (in professional emails) – Nina 5 years ago would have died if she read what I’m about to write, but I say: follow the lead of whoever you’re emailing.

Happy emailing, friends.

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