Effective email in business communication

Effective email in business communication

Effective Email in Business Communication

I. Purposes
A. Information
1. Security and Confidentiality issues (Zhu, 2009, p. 224)
2. Exchange of important facts (Lehman, 2012)
B. Use
1. Ease of use (Baninarjarian, 2011, p.59)
2. Advantages of electronic communication (DeKay, 2009)
3. Disadvantages of non-verbal communication (Brondani, 2011)
II. Netiquette
A. Recipients
B. Mail Response time
C. Attitude of ‘voice’ of email
1. Excessive Emotion (Lehman, 2012, p.73)
2. Lack of Emotion (Zhu, 2009, p.296)
III. Draft
A. Subject Line
1. Clear (Lehman, 2012, p.71)
2. Useful (Lehman, p. 72)
B. Body of Text
1. Old Style v. New Style format (DeKay, 2009)
2. Readability
3. Retention of information
C. Proofreading for errors


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