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5 Deadly Sins Of Email Writing

Think the world revolves around you? Still refuse to write Twitter-style? No wonder colleagues ignore your emails.

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RobPreston
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11/18/2013 | 4:01:55 PM
Re: To the Point
I'm actually MORE likely to read a forwarded email, because I figure someone has made a conscious effort to forward it to me. The sender has actually thought about it. Reply To All email strings are the truly mindless ones, in my book.
Lorna Garey
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11/18/2013 | 2:57:57 PM
What counts as a reason?
Does the venerable "CYA" count as a good reason to send an email? Let's face it -- sometimes you want to be able to say: "Yeah, I sent email about that. Oh, you didn't read it and now the [ahem] has hit the fan? Gee, sorry."

Not that I would personally know about doing that.
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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11/18/2013 | 1:04:28 PM
Pet peeve
How about an article on how to READ an email? I get rather weary of sending emails along the lines of "Would you prefer A or B?" and getting the reply "Yes."
Kristin Burnham
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11/18/2013 | 12:00:52 PM
Re: Death to "reply to all"
Without a doubt, the reply-all button is my biggest pet peeve. Promotions, departures: Send a personal message and please don't CC everyone!
David F. Carr
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11/18/2013 | 10:47:21 AM
Death to "reply to all"
I commit this sin every day, but carrying on an extended conversation via a "reply to all" email thread is a sign that email is the wrong collaboration medium for your discussion.

My favorite recent story: the person who sent a message to all employees about leaving the company, which produced an extended series of "we'll miss you" emails -- in the middle of which, someone kept replying to all to say, "stop replying to all."
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sfreeves,
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11/18/2013 | 10:15:58 AM
To the Point
I agree getting an email with the FWD: does nothing for me.  I usually diregard the email or move it to another folder to view later.  The subject line for me is always difficult but lately I have just kept it short and sweet and either make it my exact thought or start it with "can you" "do you have" or something along those lines and majority of the times I get responses back!
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11/18/2013 | 9:18:27 AM
3-sentence limit
I read a suggestions once to keep all emails to 3 sentences. It doesn't always make sense to do, but it's a good starting point to challenge ourselves to keep it tighter. 
Camber
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11/18/2013 | 9:10:25 AM
When A Subject Eludes Me
often times I find a good alternative is to begin the body of my message on the subject line, break off at a convenient point and continue my thought in the body of the message, as demonstrated here.
Alison_Diana
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11/18/2013 | 8:55:27 AM
The dreaded cc all
Another pet peeve: emails that unnecessarily cc everyone in the company -- and go on forever. We've all received them (and perhaps sent them!).
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