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Emailing . . . No Need For Speed!

Posted January 10, 2012

This guy I know (Butch) emails me last week saying some really cool things. So I do what any gracious aspiring sales rock star would do . . . I emailed him with . .

“Thanks Bitch!”

Actually . . . That’s what I almost did until I paused and gave my reply a quick once over.

Imagine that! Butch does something cool for me and I thank the guy by calling him a Bitch . . . guys typically don’t respond well to that!

Before you dismiss me as rude or disrespectful, I need to tell you that your argument isn’t with me . . . it’s with my fingers or maybe even the genius who decided to put the i and the u right next to each other on the keyboard.

Luckily I caught this but I think its representative of a bigger issue . . .

In our need for speed with our emails, the following can happen

1)   We don’t really read the email and fire off a reply. Like when someone responds to an email with a question. Meanwhile the answer was like 2 sentences down on the original email. It’s like “Thank you for making me do double work because you can’t scroll two sentences” Jackass!

2)   Auto Correct Agony: The auto correct function on my i-phone is possessed and makes word choices for me that are the equivalent of “talking in tongues” . . . at the very least it makes me appear to be a drunk. Now if I could only teach auto correct to de slur my speech when I actually am drunk then I’d just call it even. Do they have an app for that?

3)   Thoughtless “Reply All” Abuses! When I’m rich, I’m going to build a special “Reply All” Rehab clinic. This will be for people who feel the need to terrorize my inbox with unnecessary replies that didn’t require replying to all. I’m hoping this is a result of a quick reply but it might be some kind of genetic disorder. There’s another side to the “Reply All” and its when you think you’re responding to your homie and meanwhile you just let the whole distribution list know that Franklin in accounting has been acting like quite the dick lately.

4)   Homophone Homicide! This is when you’re so busy firing out a response you confuse words like their, they’re and there, your and you’re and even the rare grammatical exception of “Y’all” and “You’s Guys”. Note: When I was in college,  my teacher asked me what I knew about homophones. I replied “Not much. I’m straight and not even the least bit bilingual!”

But seriously . . .

The cure is simple . . . Take a moment to think about what you are about to send!

Your turn . . . What else can happen when we rush our email communication?

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Paul Castain trains organizations and coaches individuals to reach new levels of rock stardom. For a downloadable PDF of “10 Ways I Rock With My Clients”click here.

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