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Published on April 27, 2014

Author: RonakMachhi


Email Etiquette Active learning assignment An initiative by Gujarat Technological University Guided by, Prof. Smita B. Baria SVIT, Vasad. Prepared by, Ronak Machhi (042) Prince Jain (026) Dhaval Darji (014) Umang Bhatt (009) Electrical Department SVIT, Vasad. Communication Skills (2110002)

Why Is Email Etiquette Important?  We all interact with the printed word as though it has a personality and that personality makes positive and negative impressions upon us.  Without immediate feedback your document can easily be misinterpreted by your reader, so it is crucial that you follow the basic rules of etiquette to construct an appropriate tone.

The Elements of Email Etiquette  General format  Writing long messages  Attachments  The curse of surprises  Using a professional tone

General Format: The Basics  Write a clear subject line (ex. ENGL 3100 MWF 8:30 ) or 9:30) – Proposal Question,).  Write a salutation for each email (ex. Dr. Thomas:).  Try to keep the email brief (one screen length).  Check for punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors.  Use a font that has a professional or neutral look.  Include a closing with your name (ex. skiguy01@yahoo does not tell me who you are).  Better yet, use your Wildcat email address.  Use caps when appropriate.  Avoid text-message-type (ex. R U 4getting s/thing?).  Format your email for plain text rather than HTML.

General Format: Character Spacing  Try to keep your line length at 65 characters or less.  If your message is likely to be forwarded, keep it to 60 characters or less.  Set your email preferences to automatically wrap outgoing plain text messages.

General Format: Lists and Bullets When you are writing directions or want to emphasize important points, number your directions or bullet your main points. For example, 1) Place the paper in drawer A. 2) Click the green “start” button. Another example, I have a couple of questions: • How can we improve customer satisfaction? • Will the proposal empower employees?

General Format: Tone • Write in a positive tone “When you complete grading this assignment.” instead of “If you ever finish grading … ” • Use smiles , winks ;), and other graphical symbols only when appropriate. • Use contractions to add a friendly tone. (don’t, won’t, can’t).

Attachments  When you are sending an attachment tell your recipient what the name of the file is, what program it is saved in, and the version of the program.  Ex. The attached file is in MSWord (.doc or .docx) under the name “LabFile.docx” If you use an open source word processor send files as RTF or PDF.

When Your Message Is Long  Warn the readers that the message is long.  Create a summary or overview of the message.  If you require a specific response from the reader then be sure to request that response in the first paragraph of your email (perhaps using a list).  Create headings for each major section (as appropriate).

Avoid Surprises or Last Minute Requests • Do not wait until the last minute to introduce a problem or concern via email. • Express questions or concerns when you have them, rather than accumulating them. • I am better able to answer your questions if you ask them early within an assignment or the semester. (I am a terrible mind reader.)

Using a Professional Tone • Flaming is a virtual term for venting or sending inflammatory messages in email. • Avoid flaming because it tends to create a great deal of conflict that spirals out of control. • Flame fights are the equivalent of food fights and tend to affect observers in a very negative way. • What you say cannot be taken back; it is in black and white.

Keep Flaming under Control • Before you send an email message, ask yourself, “would I say this to this person’s face?” • Calm down before responding to a message that offends you. Once you send the message it is gone.  Read your message twice before you send it and assume that you may be misinterpreted when proofreading.

Responding to a Flame  Empathize with the sender’s frustration and tell them they are right if that is true  If you feel you are right, thank them for bringing the matter to your attention  Explain what led to the problem in question  Avoid getting bogged down by details and minor arguments  If you are aware that the situation is in the process of being resolved let the reader know at the top of the response  Apologize if necessary

When Email Won’t Work  There are times when you need to take your discussion out of the virtual world and speak to the recipient in person.

References  Contributions from the following sources: – The Elements of Email Style: Communicate Effectively via Electronic Mail. – The Plain English Approach to Business Writing. New York: University Press, 1990. – “Virtual Manners.” Workforce 79.2 (2000): 31-34.  Note: All excerpts taken from the respective source were used for academic purpose only.  NO commercial purpose was entertained.

Thank you. 

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