The tutor gives a few ideas about email habits.
I don’t use email much; at times I’ve used it more.
Email is a type of communication that, because it’s recorded, perhaps needs special preparation before engaging. Here are some hints I find helpful:
- If the email isn’t necessary, don’t write it (unless it’s a leisure email to a friend).
- If its topic is emotionally affecting at all, wait (at least) half a day before composing the email.
- If phone contact is approved, it might well be better: you can always email to follow up.
- Conversely, you can offer phone contact in an introductory email.
- If it’s a question, boil it down to one that will be as easy to answer as possible.
- If it’s a simple answer or confirmation, perhaps tell it in the subject, so the person may not even need to open it.
Email is a wide-reaching topic; I’ll be following up with further posts:)
Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.