Email is still one of the hottest forms of communication these days, especially when it comes to business. However, many people obviously use email for personal communications as well – and at times, the lines of proper etiquette can become blurred when it comes to the two. There’s definitely a difference in etiquette when it comes to personal versus business communications. Knowing this, why is it that people still tend to confuse the two? Let’s explore.
Personal Email Communications:
- May include excessive amounts of and/or
- May include excessive punctuation (“Help!!!!!!!”)
- May include “YELLING” at the receiver in all caps
- May include expletives at times (%!@#)
- May include a multitude of different colored text in one paragraph
The above examples represent just some of the things that should never become a habit in your business email communications. You may know a business associate on a more personal level and some of the things referenced above may take place in your email communications. If the receiver isn’t offended and this is only on occasion – fine. But if any of the above becomes a daily habit in your email communications to this or any other individual – that may become a problem.
Check out this article over at Business On Main, “Why Are People Always Misinterpreting My Emails?,” which explores this topic in detail. Then come back here and leave us your business email etiquette “no-no.” (But make sure that yours isn’t one already listed in the Business on Main article.)
Leave us your email etiquette no-no (and your Twitter username) by the end of day on February 9, 2012, in the comments section below and our team of moderators will pick the best, most disastrous, one to avoid.
The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Amazon!
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