Effective Business Emails Save You Time—a Lot of Time!

Effective Business Emails Save You Time—a Lot of Time!

Why should you care about effective business emails? Because they save time, both for you and for the people you email. How do they save time? Because you write fewer emails when you are better at it. When you’re a competent and considerate writer of emails, you cut down on the unnecessary back-and-forth email traffic and the clutter in your inbox. And your reward? You get back time. Better emails = better brand + time saved In my last post on business email writing, I talked about email’s effect on your personal brand at work, and...
Writing Emails at Work: Are You Making or Breaking Your Brand?

Writing Emails at Work: Are You Making or Breaking Your Brand?

Writing emails at work is something we do on automatic pilot but shouldn’t, because how you email matters. Would you show up for work in rumpled pajamas and bed hair? Would you slouch in your chair scrolling through your Instagram feed on your phone while in a one-on-one meeting with your boss? No and no, because you know your appearance and body language are a reflection of your professionalism (and brand) in the workplace. But do you realize the same is true of the emails you write? How you do email is part of your brand In a...
Want to Know How to Write Better Business Emails? Try These 5 Tips…and Be More Productive too

Want to Know How to Write Better Business Emails? Try These 5 Tips…and Be More Productive too

It’s a Friday afternoon as I write this, and the long work week is winding down. That means I’m reflecting on the past few days—and realizing that twice this week my time was wasted by bad business email writing. Twice this week I received unclear emails and I had to spend time trying to understand the instructions and timelines and attachments, write emails in reply to get clarification, and put tasks on hold as I waited for the answers. It all added up to about an hour of my time. You might think, “Well, an hour isn’t much time,...
2 Ways to Get Faster at Business Email Writing (and Other Writing too!)

2 Ways to Get Faster at Business Email Writing (and Other Writing too!)

Do you wish writing didn’t take you so long? Or that you could dash off an email without having to think so hard about it, and labor over it? We spend so much time on business email writing, it’s no surprise it’s a pain point. And if it is a pain point for you, kudos to you for caring! Far too many emails are dashed off with little thought for how well they’re communicating what’s intended. Sadly, that leads to even more time spent writing and reading as we’re trying to understand each other, so back and forth we go. If you want to...