Want to make a new years resolution that you can actually stick to? One that will instantly improve your life and career, make your colleagues lives easier and maybe change the world? Chances are, youre going to spend over a quarter of your workday dealing with emails, so if theres one thing you choose to upgrade in the new year, you might as well start with your communication skills.
Here are ways to take your emails from mediocre to majorly awesome — while inspiring other people to step it up, too:
“Hey! I know you’re busy getting ready for the conference, so I’ll get right to the point. I am writing today because…”
“The main thing to remember is…”
“The key takeaway from our conversation is…”
“The one thing I need from you, right now, is…”
This: “I think launching the new campaign on Thursday is the best choice. If you agree, write back to say ‘yes,’ and I’ll proceed. If not, let’s talk.”
“Congratulations on your promotion. Very exciting. P.S. I left an inspiring book on your desk. Just a little something to usher in the next chapter. Enjoy…”
“Thanks for all of your work. We’re getting closer, but the logo still isn’t feeling quite right. Here are three specific adjustments that I’d love for you to make.”
If you’re struggling to keep it brief, you might want to pick up the phone, have a face-to-face conversation, or spend a little more time thinking about what you really want to say. (My free workbook, Feel. Know. Do., can help you to organize your thoughts before you hit “send.”)
When you write better emails, you set a new barometer of excellence—inspiring everyone around you to communicate more clearly and effectively, too.
You might not be destined to be the next Dalai Lama or Mother Teresa, but helping to remove friction, irritation, and time-wasting misunderstandings from your workplace? That’s a big deal. Read more…