Three rules of email etiquette
We’ve had access to email for over thirty years, and yet we don’t have widely accepted standards for email behavior. Maybe this is because people hate to correct their friends and colleagues. I mention email etiquette here because nearly everyone feels they should be able to spend less time sorting through messages from students, colleagues, and others.
- Get to the point – start with your main message and be concise
- Be sensitive to time – answer quickly yourself and be patient about replies from others
- Only send people things they need – avoid excessive confirmations, large attachments, embedded graphics, long signatures, forwarded messages, and use “reply all” sparingly!