Listen Now: How To Write Ignorable Emails: 3 Mistakes You’re Probably Making
An email might be one of the more informal ways to communicate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still screw it up.
If you think the greeting of your email is the least important part then you’re going about it all wrong. The first few lines you write can determine a person’s answer to a question, whether they’ll give you what you want or whether they keep reading.
So what opening lines should you avoid? “Hey there” is one example; it tells the person you don’t know their name and hope they won’t notice.
Another thing to delete is exclamation points; especially in the first line. They come off as being too emotional or immature, if you need to use an exclamation point only use one.
Another way to make sure your email won’t be read is to start with “to whom it may concern,” the recipient might think it’s something they can ignore.
For more greetings to avoid and the surefire winner, check out the original article now.
Now you just need to concentrate on how to write the rest of the message.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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