Yes! This Is Exactly Why Writing Emails Is So Horrible

I have to write a lot of emails. A lot of emails. And each and every one is like a holiday to hell. If you're anything like me, you know exactly why that is, but this video from Domics sums it up so perfectly it makes me want to die and never write another email again.

Maybe I'll start linking to this in my signature so we can all be on the same page. [Domics via Reddit]


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    Pay me and I'll write your sends and read your received.

      Put me in that queue too. He should have paid attention in English class when they were teaching about writing....

        Dude, pretty sure tiberath was being funny... or looking for work... I doubt she wants to correct peoples Grammar...! Although... :)
        Anyway, no one likes a Grammar Troll...!

        Last edited 10/09/13 8:33 am

    It's easy.

    Hi (insert name) - Hello is too formal, Hey is not formal enough.

    (message body) Avoid exclamation marks, they cause more trouble than they are worth. Put all questions that you want answered at the beginning. Be concise, and make it strictly business. Omitting all personal touches, while still getting your message across, won't upset anyone. The reader won't be upset if you fully answer their question, but don't ask them how their day has been. Giving them a bunch of pleasantries only makes people read between the lines.

    If you're economical with the pleasantries, when you genuinely want to show someone appreciation, what you write will have more impact. If you reply to every email where someone has helped you with, "Thank you so much, you are so awesome, I really appreciate your help!!!" What more can you do when someone comes to the rescue, big time?

    Cheers, (again, not too formal, not too wanky)
    (my name)

    P.S. I often find putting stuff in table or list format and only including one sentence to say "Heres the info" is enough to please most people. The less time someone has to spend comprehending your email, the happier they are. Tables and bullet points also require less punctuation and grammar, which is a real time saver.

    For the record, I think it's a bit presumptuous for a teenager with so little experience to give lectures about email etiquette.

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