Greeting people via emails is the main staple nowadays, making up a large portion of our interpersonal communication. Most people do so with a simple "It's nice to meet you!" however, it can be rather bland and common. This can especially be troublesome for more important emails that require...
Asking someone to contact you at their earliest convenience is a polite way to say, “Contact me soon.” However, sometimes people twist this polite saying into a rather rude alternative. “I’ll contact you at my earliest convenience” has been showing up on answering machines and away messages recently.  People may...
We recently published an extensive article on how to professionally end an email. Here, we are going to take another look at the topic, concentrating on the sign-off specifically.  You've crafted your email to be clear and well-constructed. You've edited it carefully. The body of the email may be absolutely perfect,...
You’ve probably written or read multiple emails today… or within the last hour… or five minutes. Email and business go hand in hand. And we tend to fall back on one common phrase to wrap up every business letter or email we send. Interestingly, tweaking the wording even slightly...
Sunscreen? Check. Bathing suit? Check. Latest Grisham novel to read on the beach? Check. Created and activated the perfect professional out of office autoresponder email message? Umm… If you think you can just throw something together on your phone while boarding the plane, think again. Business communication etiquette never takes...
People dig into their political views like an underwater pipeline entrenched on the ocean floor.  Agreeing or disagreeing with their perspective can make for an awkward conversation at best and a heated debate at worst. Therefore, avoiding politics in business and business writing is the best option. And it’s...
It’s a part of doing business—you get an unexpected email from an irate client, and they choose to take out their frustration on you. Yikes! And it’s only Monday morning. It stings a bit when you’re the recipient of such a rude email. Although you can’t control what the client...
You finally have the guts to leave your job, be it for a better opportunity, a new business venture, personal time, or simply because you can't take it anymore. So what's next? The dreaded letter of resignation, of course. Writing a letter of resignation is tricky and can cause a lot...
Understanding how to give constructive criticism is one of the most fundamental skills in the business world. It is essential in reconsidering marketing initiatives, improving employee performance, and even conducting self-assessments as a manager or company owner. When offering criticism to an individual, you must be both courteous and frank, which is...
It’s often tough quitting a job, with all of the tedious responsibilities that this frequently has to encompass. Usually, one of the foremost requirements for leaving your place of employment is writing and delivering your letter of resignation. This letter, generally considered to be essential with regards to the sole method...