[bctt tweet=”Autoresponders are great when you’re on vaca, but remove the human element in the day-to-day.”]
And here are a few tips that you probably know, but ignore:
“Reply All” Is Super-Annoying
Unless you have a message that actually needs to be seen by everyone, always skip Reply All. Period.
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Triple Check the Recipient
Many articles recommend that you avoid letting your email software auto-complete the recipient field. In fact, many experts suggest that you not even add a recipient until you’re done writing your email, to avoid the inadvertent sending of an email before you’re really done. I highly advocate this strategy. Sometimes I find it cumbersome to go back and find the email address when I really just want to “Reply” to someone, but the memory of the horror of an email sent to the wrong person is enough to put in the extra effort.
You Really REALLY Need a Professional Address
Professional email addresses are a must today. If you’re sending something that’s business-related (and it’s not a job application) from a Gmail account, you’ll be taken less seriously. It’s just as simple as that. Most domains come with free email these days and certainly all hosting accounts should. Even if that isn’t the case for you, or if you aren’t going to set up a web site right away, secure a domain name and use it professionally by using Gmail to set up your domain name. That way you can use Gmail to manage your account – for example, I use Gmail to manage my businessinbluejeans.com emails, so I can access it easily from anywhere.
[bctt tweet=”If you’re sending something that’s business-related from a Gmail.com account, you’ll be taken less seriously.”]
Well, this “RapidFire” turned into a much longer post than I anticipated. Still, business email etiquette isn’t anything to mess around with. Even with a business named “Business in Blue Jeans,” I still take all of these tips and guidelines seriously…and so should you.
If you think I’ve missed any email tips that are really important, share them in the comments below!
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