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SL Column: Eliminate Egregious Email

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Eliminate Egregious E-mail Elements

To: “Success Language” Column Readers
Date: [Effective date of this publication.]
Subject: Eliminate Egregious E-mail Elements

Please accept the challenge to keep your e-mail message length to a single screen.

  • Eliminate the receiver’s need to scroll down a screen to continue reading your message.
  • Make your “subject” interesting enough so it stands out from the other 100 messages in your receiver’s in-box, yet not so creative that it is misleading.
  • Get directly to the point at the start of the message. Ask what you want to ask and give the pertinent information you need to give.
  • Four get spill cheque. Reed yore mess age in context bee fore you send it. (Spell check found no errors with the previous sentence as far as word spelling only.)
  • IM n TM abrvs n :-) r naprpte 4 biz EM. (Instant message and text message abbreviations and emoticons are inappropriate for business e-mail.)
  • You know not to forward e-mail to another person but you do it anyway. Cut-and-paste what you want to pass along into a separate e-mail and address that e-mail directly.

Make your e-mail business-effective and your messages get opened and read more often.

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