Is it? Based on the number of “experts” and materials popping up on a daily basis one could think E-mail Etiquette is now actually mainstream. Some write based on experience, while others are simply piecemealing the available information online to try and make a buck.
I am encouraged that so many are writing about these issues regardless of their motives. That’s one thing about the online world; if there is a niche — it gets filled to over capacity with the good, the bad and the ugly!
What sort of amazes me is how difficult some of these folks seem to want to make E-mail Etiquette seem. The fact is E-mail Etiquette isn’t rocket science. It is basically just a tad of knowledge, a bit of courtesy that is then combined with a dash of discretion.
The knowledge part is easy, read my site and you are informed. The next step is to apply that knowledge by not just thinking of yourself with discretion.
Ah, but there’s the rub…
You can’t teach discretion — and it’s subjective.
|1.||the power or right to decide or act according to one’s own judgment; freedom of judgment or choice|
|2.||the quality of being discreet, esp. with reference to one’s own actions or speech; prudence or decorum|
No matter how many books or sites you may read, discretion requires that you stop and think about what you are doing, how you are dong it, if it is appropriate and if it takes into consideration the person on the other side. That’s the courtesy part that is so hard to find in our narcissistic culture.
In my 20 years of online experience I have come to the determination that there is a healthy portion of folks that no matter how much they hear or read about E-mail Etiquette, they will still choose to ignore it and do their own thing anyway. No amount of money spent, class, book or website will change that.
For over a decade I’ve been here to here to help you get the information you need to understand E-mail Etiquette — from your point of view. Based on what your tell me is important and what you struggle with.
E-mail Etiquette is not a profit concern for me; getting the information and tips you need is my priority. I hope I’ve helped and plan on being here for you in the years ahead long after the bandwagon has pulled off the road.