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How To Master Email Etiquette

We all have those moments when we need to send a few quick replies to emails but don't have the time to write eloquent, grammar perfect emails. Here are a few tips and tricks I've learned along the way which will hopefully help you improve your email writing skills.

Double check the recipient field - I can't stress enough how important it is to make sure you have the correct name in the 'To' box. With autocomplete of email addresses it can be an easy mistake to enter the wrong name. Nothing like sending a personal email to your boss which was supposed to go to your best friend.

Be careful with abbreviations - The use of abbreviations like BTW, LOL, OMG are acceptable for some informal emails. Try not to use them in professional emails- try to break the habit!

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Avoid using generic subject lines - Try to create a subject title which summarizes your email. Be concise and accurate and try to stay away from Hey, Hi and What's up.

Stay on topic - Instead of writing a novel, try to stick to the point and avoid using fancy formatting.

End the email with an amicable note - When I say this I don't mean writing love always or forever yours (unless it is your hubby of course) but what I do mean is cater to your audience. Usually best wishes, kind regards, thanks etc can do just fine.

Refrain from sending huge attachments - Receiving attachments that are 1MB or bigger in size can be such a drag. Not only does it fill up your inbox, but it takes forever to download - not to mention you can hardly see the image! Make sure all your attachments are a reasonable size before sending them.

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