Home Leadership Turn Archives Me RampUp Solutions Option Sanity
 


  • Categories

  • Archives
 

Email clarity

by Miki Saxon

I’ve written on and off about email’s (few) pros, (mostly) cons and dangers.

Yesterday, I had an interaction I thought was worth passing on, especially since many people no longer give much thought to capitalizing or punctuation.

By request, I sent the link of a specific post to some people I know. However, because my email server was messed up my mail was badly delayed, so I didn’t receive the separate request from one of them for that same URL until the next morning. When I complied with the request, I received this response.

‘yup. I got it yesterday, actually. it’s a good read.’

Three points

  • Many very good writers (such as this one) don’t always capitalize in casual correspondence.
  • For reasons unknown or understood (at least by me) email fonts are often very small.
  • Casual emails, such as this, are scanned more often than read.

As I told her in my response, at first glance, the period after ‘actually’ looked like a comma, especially since the ‘I’ in ‘it’s’ wasn’t capitalized; and that completely changed the meaning of what she had written.

Her response, ‘boy, is that ever true. changes the meaning ENTIRELY! and insults someone into the bargain…’

‘Email’ and ‘clear communications’ are almost an oxymoron and you don’t want to make it worse than it already is.

Think about it.


One Response to “Email clarity”
  1. MAPping Company Success Says:

    […] I’ve written before about the importance of details when writing; details like commas, periods and capitals. […]

Leave a Reply

RSS2 Subscribe to
MAPping Company Success

Enter your Email
Powered by FeedBlitz

About Miki View Miki Saxon's profile on LinkedIn

About Ryan ryanrpew

About Marc marc-dorneles-cpcu-b8b43425

About KG View KG Charles-Harris' profile on LinkedIn

About Ajo View Ajo Fod's profile on LinkedIn

Clarify your exec summary, website, marketing collateral, etc.

Have a question or just want to chat @ no cost? Feel free to write or call me at 360.335.8054

Download useful assistance now.

Entrepreneurs face difficulties that are hard for most people to imagine, let alone understand. You can find anonymous help and connections that do understand at 7 cups of tea.

Give your mind a rest. Here are 2 quick ways to get rid of kinks, break a logjam or juice your creativity!

Crises never end.
$10 really does make a difference and you'll never miss it,
while $10 a month has exponential power.
Always donate what you can whenever you can.

The following accept cash and in-kind donations:

Web site development: NTR Lab
Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.5 License.