Thursday, February 5, 2015

Netiquette And Compliments - The Netiquette IQ Post Of The Day

This blog is an excerpt from my book, mentioned below. It has been retwetted many times, to my pleasant surprise. Strive for compliments is usually a good goal for many different parts of our lives. Most of the time, this is to everyone's benefit. Good Netiquette will assist you in achiving more than compliments whether you are a job seeker, student, marketer, sales person or from other fields as well.

Strive for compliments

“It’s always nice to receive a compliment.”

—Steven Patrick Morrissey 

As you seek to increase your Netiquette skills, think of each email as being potential for a compliment.  One of the worst feelings of sending what you perceive as a great email, turns instead to an answer that you confused one of the recipients.  Worse still, someone may even take exception to what you say.  Nonetheless, the better you become, the more a compliment is likely to be given to you.  Perhaps the best compliment of all is when people return your emails and with greater frequency!

Remember when you have been complimented on a skill, hobby or other aspect of your activities?  It always feels great.  Email should not be an exception to this.  Not only is it a personal boost, but it is also a way to achieve better results in your communications.  All email senders want to be understood.  Similarly, most want to be complimented or at least feel that their messages are appreciated, well-received, opened and read.  Be mindful of the emails you send.

1.       Pay attention to detail

2.       Reread your email from the perspective of how you would want to have it seen and conveyed

3.       Be upbeat and enthusiastic

4.       If explaining something, verify the answer can be understood from any viewpoint

5.       Allow more detail when sending overseas or to strangers – avoid acronyms, colloquialisms and jokes

6.       Clearly separate questions from answers – Reread these and judge if the answers are clear

7.        Request a response verifying receipt

8.       If you do not receive a response within 24 hours, write a follow up note [clearly state you are just making sure the email was delivered]

9.       Do not express overt disappointments or admonish the email receiver for failure to reply, brief answers or  Netiquette mistakes
                  10. Encourage next steps
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