Train others how to use email

I was reading Lifehacker’s Special “Train others how to use email“, and my eyes were opened. What do I mean?

Edit the subject line – I knew that I should use subject lines that actually pertain to the email. It didn’t exactly occur to me that I should edit their subject line if they use a vague one. Then again, I think I don’t do that because within Gmail, the message thread will go into a different one.

Facilitate complete responses – I usually don’t write messages outlined in the article, but I suppose it’d help immensely if I wrote emails in that manner. I also don’t reply inline with emails. If it’ll help everyone, I suppose I should. 🙂

Respond after a few hours – This is perfect. I was probably making myself look better than I really could be by replying as quick as possible. I definitely think I set my bar too high with some coworkers, and actually, I think that’s why my boss replies to emails the way he does. *sigh*

Get outside the inbox – I have friends that sometimes have a lot of drama…over the internet. I think if they would’ve done things in this manner, where they call the person instead of continuing the battle over the internet, maybe the discussion would’ve been lighter.

Anyways, I won’t rewrite the whole article. If you use email, read it and be enlightened!

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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