I…Just…Can’t…*sniffle* *snort* Show Emotion in…in…in…Professional Emails
Today’s topic is about emotion in email.
Once, someone received a professional email with the following statement, “I’m always happy to correspond with women who are smart…” I want you to give me your opinion as to if this is an appropriate sentence? Is it a negative statement or a positive one? Discuss how this could be taken in a positive light or a negative one as well.
How you communicate is very important, especially in email, whether personal or business related. If you misspell words, fail to capitalize the first word of a sentence, or use abbreviations consistently (ie. Shortcuts common like lol, or other IM shortcuts), most people assume you are young, or worse, stupid. This is not what you want in the work place. Also remember that it is very difficult to control how a sentence is conveyed, so you have to look at your language usage as well.
Read these articles:
There is some good information about how to write an email and how to keep it professional.
Lastly, after all that you have read about good emails, I want you to construct an email to me. You have a problem with me. I gave your promotion to someone else and you worked for it much more than the other person. Remember that you feel very emotional about this, so your email can be highly charged, but be careful with your wording. You need to look for a balance where you get your point across. It is OK to convey that you are frustrated, but you don’t want to make me mad either (or I may fire you!). Your email has to have at least 2 full paragraphs and a third paragraph with a closing.
This email should be in your response to me. First, respond to the first part, then write the email.
Your first reply should look like this:
Response to the first part of the blog–was that inappropriate? Why? How could it be worded differently?
Here is your first paragraph. Talk about the raise, the problem, and your question.
Here is your second paragraph. Give me examples of why you should have been hired instead.
Here is your third, thanking me for reading, etc.
First Response: Due Wednesday, November 6th by 6pm.This should be at least 200 words.
Second responses (2) are due by Monday, November 11th by 6pm. Don’t just say you agree, tell us why. Also, feel free to critique the writer’s email to me. Find words that you think could be considered overly emotional or harsh or unprofessional; give suggestions for possible changes. These should be at least 75 words each.