Ways to ruin an email.
Canned white-collar worker speak
A cruel lingual disease grabs hold after you enter the workforce. Phrases like “please advise,” “going forward, “looping in X,” or “let’s circle back on this” seep into our lexicon and therefore our emails. They are the bane of the email-buried thought worker’s existence, the equivalent of staring at a screen full of 0s and 1s for hours at a time.
This language can be easily avoided and/or made fun of, depending on your superior’s sense of humor. Next time you catch yourself writing a phrase that sounds like something out of an episode of The Office, take a moment to translate whatever phrase you were about to write down. “Please advise” can become “What do you think?” “Looping in X” can become “I’m including X in this conversation, because she’d be a helpful person to have on this project.”
Mostly, don’t abandon your personality for the sake of brevity. Make jokes. Be real. Point out the absurdity of America’s standard workplace communication practices. People will answer your emails (and like you more) if they’re fun to receive.
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