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Better Business Writing: Preventing the Oops Email

Have you ever pushed the “send” button too soon? Or  reread an email later to think, “Gee, did I write that?”

In our hurry-up world, sending an unclear email is simple to do.  Below are three steps to writing more concise emails before blasting them into cyberspace. Granted, the following example is simple, but writing your email with a formula will produce clear communications.

1.  DRAFT
a. Intent:  Write one sentence summarizing the intent of your email. For example, “I want to thank my customer for using our services and to request an email from him if  he needs further assistance. “

b. Details: Jot down details with the journalist’s  tools:  Who, What ,When, Where,  and How
Who: We (XYZ Company)
When: Jan. 12, 2012
What: installed the Elcom upgrade and provided a training class
Where: at the Atlas Corporation’s Main Street office

c. Actions: Describe requested action: Please email  if you require additional assistance.

2. WRITE
Now, write a concise email with details and requested action.

Dear Dan :

Thank you for using (who) XYZ Corporation (where) at your Main Street location (when) on January 12 for (what) both your install of the Elcom equipment and the accompanying staff training class.

(Action)   If we can provide additional assistance, please contact me by email.

Regards,

Beth Jones

3. REVIEW, REVISE, SEND
Now that your email is written, save the draft, and move on to another task. You will more easily spot errors later.  Then, to review and revise:

a. Read the email aloud. Is the wording awkward?
b. Are there any errors in your details?
c. Run a spell check.

If everything looks good,
SEND!

Grammar, Punctuation, Business Letters: Best Free Business Writing Resource

Grammar, punctuation, business letters, emails:  how-to’s for your business writing. Sound good?  Do you need an organized easy-to-use resource? For free, accurate information on business writing  including emails, business letters, press releases, and more, I visit the award-winning website of Purdue University, The Purdue Owl.  I use the home page as a guide to general topics and the site map page for a specific search.

Business Writing and Press Release Writing 

For those interested in information on press release writing, check the Journalism Writing page. Not only does the site include the essential business writing resources, job seekers, students, teachers and professional writers will find information specific to their needs.  The Owl includes information on MLA and APA style guides and more.

Grammar and Punctuation Writing Resources

Getting down to the nitty-gritty, the site covers the  grammar, syntax, and punctuation.

Business Writing Resources

Business writing resources found at the Owl include:

  • Business Letters
  • Audience Analysis
  • Business Documentation
  • Memos
  • Sales Letters
  • Abstracts
  • White Papers