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  • Six Easy Ways to Improve Your Email Writing Skills Leslie OFlahavan, E-WRITE @LeslieO First American August 6, 2014
  • Thanks for the opportunity to present this webinar! E-WRITE 2014 2
  • Download todays PPT and handouts http://bit.ly/1y3sS8P E-WRITE 2014 3
  • How can we tell people arent reading our e-mails? E-WRITE 2014 4
  • Are e-mail readers lazy? Hateful? E-WRITE 2014 5
  • E-mail readers are overwhelmed To: All Staff, Prime Products Inc. From Mike Mansfield, Facilities Supervisor, Prime Products Subject: Temperature control I hope everyone has had a nice summer. As we move forward to the fall and the winter months I wanted to go over some things as we prepare for the cold weather. I have been working with the landlord closely throughout the summer and will continue to do so to address one of our main concerns here in the office, HVAC. During the summer we have experienced some problems with areas on our floors being too warm and some being too cold. As a reminder, per our lease, ABC Management is required to keep our temperature ranges between 70 degrees and 74 degrees annually. I have noticed during walks around the spaces that there are personal space heaters and or coolers beings used. Unfortunately these unites are considered a safety hazard and are not allowed to be use in our spaces. This is also written into our lease and they can be taken should the engineers see them. I have asked them not to do so as we continue to pro-actively address our problems. In the course of working with the engineers we have determined that these units have attributed to our heating and cooling problems. Here are some things that our Prime Products team can do to help correct these issues. Do not tamper with the thermostats. (they have been calibrated accordingly in order to keep our space within the optimum temperature range) Do not use space heaters. (the units affect the immediate temperature at or near thermostats and can cause additional cooling when not needed, thus making the space even cooler) Keep a light weight jacket or sweater in the office during cooler days. Please notify me or Bill Edwards (main lobby reception area) with any hot or cold concerns so the landlord can be notified immediately Turn in your space heater (if purchased by Prime Products) for donation! I will be working in conjunction with the landlord to set up a Space Heater Day in order to show Prime Products commitment to having a safe and warm winter this season. All heaters can be turned in for collection and will be donated accordingly to those less fortunate this winter. I look forward to working with ABC Management as well as Prime Products staff to help keep this a safe and warm winter season. E-WRITE 2014 6
  • Six easy ways to improve your email 1. Write a must-open subject line 2. Present the most important information at the beginning of your e-mail 3. Control your e-mail tone so you can connect with colleagues and customers 4. Summarize the discussion when you forward an email 5. Use professional formatting 6. Follow First Americans email etiquette guidelines E-WRITE 2014 7
  • 1. Write a must-open subject line
  • Q. Why is the subject line so important? A. Readers use it to do inbox triage. Good subjects line helps reader answer these questions: 1.When should I read this e-mail? 2.What is this e-mail about? 3.Will I need to do anything? 4.Can I delete this e-mail without reading it? E-WRITE 2014 9
  • Which of these subject lines helps readers answer the 4 questions? 1. Last Day to Order Computer at Discount June 6, 2013 2. Silver Seal Sample Bottles 3. Re: CHANT meeting 4. Payment for Eddy Breeze 5. Join me in the Director's Box this Sunday, June 22? 6. Potential Commuting Problems Tomorrow Friday, April 16 7. Re: Arts Academy 8. Sales Plan - Feedback 9. Vacation Leave 10. New York Music Ensemble - This Sunday! 11. RE: Project update 12. Listing of 2011 materials/handouts Please review and respond by January 23. E-WRITE 2014 10
  • Which of these subject lines helps readers answer the 4 questions? 1. Last Day to Order Computer at Discount June 6, 2013 2. Silver Seal Sample Bottles 3. Re: CHANT meeting 4. Payment for Eddy Breeze 5. Join me in the Director's Box this Sunday, June 22? 6. Potential Commuting Problems Tomorrow Friday, April 16 7. Re: Arts Academy 8. Sales Plan - Feedback 9. Vacation Leave 10. New York Music Ensemble - This Sunday! 11. RE: Project update 12. Listing of 2011 materials/handouts Please review and respond by January 23. E-WRITE 2014 11
  • How to write a useful subject line Begin with a noun that identifies the type of message youre writing Question Inquiry Request Recommendation Suggestion Proposal Instructions Procedure Policy Schedule Invitation Announcement Follow-up Update Alert Agenda E-WRITE 2014 12
  • Improve the subject line From: Catherine_Howe@SilverSpringU.edu To: Multiple recipients of list AHCI-L Subject: Historical Society Photographs SSUs Office of Imaging, Printing, and Photographic Services (IPPS) provides online images covering topics ranging from air and space to science, technology, history and even current events. IPPS has just acquired a collection of 2,000 photographs from the SSU Historical Society. You can download these image files to view at home or in school. These images give you and your students the opportunity to see and learn about many of SSUs interests and accomplishments over the years. You have the Historical Society's permission to download these digital images to use in class presentations. Students can download them for research and media projects, etc. Check it out. There are some interesting images at http://www.ssu.edu/HistSocietyColl.html Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like more information or need some help. Catherine Howe Director of Media Relations, SSU E-WRITE 2014 13
  • Improve the subject line From: lballou@cdec.net To: Wwright@afb.com Subject: Re: 2014 catalogue product descriptions Wendy, I just wanted to let you know that were about to change our accounts payable process. I promise to get your pricing agreement signed and turned around just as soon as possible. Im having a meeting with our sourcing department on Friday and plan to turn it over to them. I, unfortunately, dont have the name of someone for you to contact about the pricing agreement. Rest assured I am working on it for you. Have a great holiday! Larry E-WRITE 2014 14
  • Improve the subject line From: Catherine_Howe@SilverSpringU.edu To: Multiple recipients of list AHCI-L Subject: Historical Society Photographs Subject: Recommendation download Historical Society photos for class use SSUs Office of Imaging, Printing, and Photographic Services (IPPS) provides online images covering topics ranging from air and space to science, technology, history and even current events. IPPS has just acquired a collection of 2,000 photographs from the SSU Historical Society. You can download these image files to view at home or in school. These images give you and your students the opportunity to see and learn about many of SSUs interests and accomplishments over the years. You have the Historical Society's permission to download these digital images to use in class presentations. Students can download them for research and media projects, etc. Check it out. There are some interesting images at http://www.ssu.edu/HistSocietyColl.html Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me if you would like more information or need some help. Catherine Howe Director of Media Relations, SSU E-WRITE 2014 15
  • Improve the subject line From: lballou@cdec.net To: Wwright@afb.com Subject: Re: 2014 catalogue product descriptions Subject: Follow-up on your pricing agreement Wendy, I just wanted to let you know that were about to change our accounts payable process. I promise to get your pricing agreement signed and turned around just as soon as possible. Im having a meeting with our sourcing department on Friday and plan to turn it over to them. I, unfortunately, dont have the name of someone for you to contact about the pricing agreement. Rest assured I am working on it for you. Have a great holiday! Larry E-WRITE 2014 16
  • 2. Present the most important information at the beginning of your e-mail
  • Why present the most important information first? E-WRITE 2014 18
  • BLUF: Put the Bottom Line Up Front From: Eleanor Richter, NRS Human Resources Manager To: All NRS employees Subject: Purchasing Comnet Computers at a Discount Because of our ongoing relationship with Comnet Computers, weve worked out an agreement that enables NRS employees to buy Comnet Computers for personal use at a discount - as much as 20 percent off retail prices. Who Is Eligible? All full time employ