Do you look at people's e-mail signatures? I usually don't, but I was looking for contact information for a colleague recently, which led me to scrutinize her sig. It was a museum of 20th Century communications: The streetmail address and fax number was in there, but no instant-message ID or Skype.
That got me thinking about e-mail signatures, and I started browsing my in-box looking at how people signed their mail. I've made the following observations:
Important people don't bother with e-mail sigs.
Your e-mail signature reflects how powerful you are. If you were profiled on 60 Minutes, you don't need no steenkin' e-mail signature.
The longer your e-mail signature, the lower down the food chain you are.
Some people put a whole novel in their sig:
Their full name, including "Jr." or "Sr."
Job title, which generally includes both the words "deputy" and assistant.
Streetmail address with mail stop.
Business phone number, with different versions for people dialing from the internal corporate PBX vs. people dialing from outside.
E-mail address. 'Cuz it's not like it's in the "From:" line of every e-mail or anything.
And finish it off with an inspirational quote from Battlestar Galactica.
If that's a description of your signature, then you're a flunky. Time for a Starbucks run, Commander Starbuck.
Some people include signoffs like "Cheers!" and "Thanks!" and "Best!"; others don't bother.
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