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Adulting 101 – Networking through email

Adulting 101 – If your new to the corporate world aka the plantation you may communicate a lot through email. Since COVID 19 many offices have gone to a remote location out of your home or smaller groups. Emailing and understanding the importance of getting a persons name and context of the email right is the foundation of networking.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people email me on a consistent basis. Network with me daily. Have social meetings with me and still, I mean STILL spell my name wrong. Adulting 101 failure

How difficult is it to spell Lillian when sending an email? The name is very common, especially in corporate arenas. It’s even easier to pronounce when writing out an email L-I-L-L-I-A-N.

Why does it matter if my name is spelt wrong so what if you spell it Lilian or Lian or Leanne, its the thought that counts right?

Wrong spelling ones name correctly is a sign of respect and says a lot about how you view a person and the relationship you would like to build. If your new to the social-political game called OFFICE POLITICS here are some tips to not mess up.

Writing is an art that can increase or decrease your social circles

Tip 5

Respect the hierarchy game

We can’t all begin at the top. In many work spaces you have a level of hierarchy. As a newbie you normally begin at the bottom of the pecking order. When formulating an email respect the position above and below you.

This means do not begin your email as if your writing to your bestie. Examples or how to begin the email is as follows

Formal Letter Salutations

Greetings (or Good Morning, Good Afternoon): Consider these options as a slightly more formal version of “Hello” and “Hi.” They’re appropriate for formal written or printed letters and emails to people you don’t know (or only know on a casual basis). For example, consider using them when sending a newsletter to another department.

Dear: This salutation is appropriate for most types of formal written or email correspondence. You can use it whether you know the person or not and whether the letter’s recipient is a supervisor or a business acquaintance. “Dear” is commonly used in cover letters, follow-up letters, and resignation letters to employers. Employers also use it in acceptance and rejection letters to job applicants.

To Whom It May Concern: This is used in formal written or email correspondence when you don’t have a way of knowing the specific person to whom you are writing. You might use “To Whom It May Concern” when making an inquiry about a job you want to apply for or when applying for a job but you don’t know the name of the person leading the candidate s

Tip 4

Do not use nicknames unless told to do so

It’s very common for people to shorten their name; Lillian: Lily, Candice: Candy, Janette: Janet, Robert: Dick etc. Unless someone gives you the permission to call them by their pet name don’t. You have not formed that relationship so give them the opportunity to allow you to do this. This gives them the opportunity to feel they set the tone for the relationship with you. People like to feel in control it gives them the sense of being safe.

Tip 3

Check the company directory to confirm spelling

Directories are available on most internal website. Just this to better understand how to correctly spell the name of anyone your writing and you’re unsure of how to spell their name.

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Tip 2

Omit the name

If your unsure of the correct spelling then just omit it. You need to play it safe and not create problems. Press backspace remove the name and just keep address day; Morning, Afternoon Evening etc.

Tip 1

Call instead

When all else fails – Call. Voice communication is by far the best communication it gives you an opportunity to clarify any misgivings in addition to forming a rapport that is very difficult to do via email

You are being judged like it or not at every communication take the time to send emails that show you in a favourable light.

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