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5 tips to improve your email writing skills

An English blog post containing a list of five steps for writing effective emails.We’ve all been there. You click open an email, and there’s a long block of text that stretches beyond where you can see. Your first reaction is to close the window and flag the email for later. Much later. Email can be a useful communication tool, but not everyone uses it well. Below are 5 steps to follow in order to draft an email that readers will open, read and understand. 1. Maintain your credibility Present yourself as the trusted professional you are.   Be polite: say please and thank you as appropriate Keep a professional tone: avoid slang, exclamation marks, and smiley faces Use a suitable greeting and opening, but avoid insincere small talk Include a suitable sign-off that fits the tone of the email Keep your email signature simple and short: limit images and avoid cursive fonts Don’t use too many high importance flags 2. Present your email thoughtfully Give the right amount of information in the right way so that your reader is able to read your message easily, and wants to. Place your key message and call to action near the top so it’s the first thing your reader sees Organize the rest of the information from most to least important Limit the number of issues covered in the email to increase the chance of a response  Write briefly and stick to the point: try to keep to 150 words or less Use short, everyday words instead of jargon and difficult words Avoid acronyms and terms your reader won’t understand Keep sentences short 3. Help your reader scan We don’t read content onscreen word for word. In fact, most of us scan a web page in an F-shaped pattern. Use layout and formatting to guide your reader through the email and to your key points. Put your key message and call to action at the top For a longer email with a lot of details, use headings Write in easy-to-read chunks: use short paragraphs and lists with bullets or numbers Don’t use too much bold; if you emphasize too many words, you end up emphasizing nothing Avoid all caps, huge fonts and random colours; these slow the reader down 4. Write your subject line last Your subject line could determine whether your reader opens your email. Make it count. Write the subject line after drafting your message Use action verbs so the reader knows what you want done Be specific and descriptive so the reader knows right away what the message is about Appeal to the reader’s needs: ask yourself what will make the reader care about your email Avoid starting a sentence in the subject line and finishing it in the body Keep your subject line under 50 characters or 6 to 8 words, so the whole line will show in the inbox preview Keep in mind that some smartphones show only 33 to 44 characters for the subject line 5. Review and revise Imagine that everyone in the company will read your message. Emails are quick to create, but leave a lasting impression. Review your work now to save time and get results later. Use the spell-check feature to reduce errors Read the message backwards to check for errors that a spell-checker won’t catch, like homonyms and usage errors Check that your key message is perfectly clear, without typos, wordy phrases, or anything that can be misunderstood Check that all names and titles are correct Make sure you have attached any important files or included any necessary links Do you have a useful tip for effective email writing not included here? Please share it in the comments.
Source : Blogue Nos langues (billets de collaborateurs)
Nombre de consultations : 213 259

overall, over all

A writing tip on how to use the terms overall and over all.
The overused adjective overall can be left out entirely or a more precise synonym can be used instead. Depending on the context, choose one of the following: absolute, aggregate, average, comprehensive, general, supreme, total, or whole. The (overall) goal of the provincial program is full employment. The final figures show an overall (total, absolute, average, general) increase in sales. The adverb phrase over all expresses the idea of “all things considered,” and is written in two words. Over all, I would say the party was a great success.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 10 973

assure, ensure, insure

A writing tip on the difference between assure, ensure and insure.
Assure is used in the sense of offering a guarantee or removing doubt, uncertainty or worry. Thanks to the new regulations, the employees’ job security was assured. The builder assured the homeowner that the renovations would be completed on time. Ensure means to make sure or certain. To ensure that he could keep his word, the builder hired two extra carpenters. Insure is related primarily to the field of insurance, and sometimes to preparing for the future. If you insure your life, you assure your family members a settlement and ensure their financial security. Insure (or Ensure) your future by continuing your education.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 10 258

above-mentioned, aforementioned

A writing tip on alternatives to the words above-mentioned and aforementioned.
To write clearly and effectively, avoid legal jargon like the word above-mentioned or aforementioned. Instead, use words such as previously, earlier or above. Legal jargon: The above-mentioned documents are available on our website. Plain language: The documents mentioned previously (or earlier or above) are available on our website. Legal jargon: The police have investigated the aforementioned incidents. Plain language: The police have investigated the above incidents. You can also replace these terms with demonstrative adjectives: this, that, these, those. Legal jargon: The above-mentioned documents are available on our website. Plain language: These documents are available on our website. Legal jargon: The police have investigated the aforementioned incidents. Plain language: The police have investigated these incidents.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 9 654

OK, O.K., okay

A writing tip on the word okay and its abbreviations.
Okay and the abbreviations OK and O.K. are informal and should be replaced by synonyms such as acceptable, all right, correct, approval, authorize or recommend in formal writing. Ian says he’ll be okay (all right) once his cold clears up. Once we have the Board’s okay (approval), we can begin hiring staff for the project. Jill okayed (authorized) the travel claims submitted by her staff. In everyday writing, choose okay rather than OK or O.K. Are my vacation plans okay (not O.K.) with you? The plural of the abbreviations is formed by adding ’s (OK’s or O.K.’s). You should replace the two OK’s in your email message with the word okay or with a more formal synonym.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 9 582

flu, flue, influenza

A writing tip on the homonyms flu and flue.
The short form flu for influenza has become standard, with no apostrophe (’flu) needed. The word flu is not capitalized when preceded by an uppercase adjective, as in Hong Kong flu. When you have the flu, it is in everyone’s best interest for you to stay at home and rest. The Singapore flu was especially hard on the very young and the very old. A flue is a duct, channel, tube or pipe. There was a bluebird stuck in the flue of the wood stove.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 7 322

at that point in time, at this point in time

A writing tip on alternatives to at that point in time and at this point in time.
To write plainly and concisely, use then instead of at that point in time. Other possibilities to replace at that point in time include at that time and at that point. Wordy: It was at that point in time the firefighters realized they could not save the building. Concise: It was then (or at that point) the firefighters realized they could not save the building. To write plainly and concisely, use now instead of at this point in time. Other possible replacements for at this point in time include at once, immediately, right away, right now, straightaway and today. Wordy: The director cannot make that decision at this point in time. Concise: The director cannot make that decision now.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 7 077

old, older, elder

A writing tip on using older and elder.
Elder and eldest are normally reserved for people. Use elder when comparing two people and eldest when comparing three or more. Lianna always admired her elder brother. The eldest person attending the reunion will receive a plaque. The title elder is often used for senior or highly respected members of a family or community. Having survived years of hardship, the elders were said to be very wise. As a title, Elder is often capitalized. Although barely middle–aged, Jacob was elected to the Board of Elders of his church. Sixteenth–century painters Lucas Cranach the Elder and Lucas Cranach the Younger were father and son. Old, older and oldest refer to either people or things. Use older when comparing two people or things and oldest when comparing three or more. Lianna always admired her older brother. The oldest person attending the reunion will receive a plaque. Houses in Halifax are older than those in Calgary. In the oldest office buildings, there are very few telephone connections.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 6 470

eligible, illegible

A writing tip on the difference between eligible and illegible.
The near-homonyms eligible and illegible are adjectives. Eligible means “fit” or “qualified.” You will not be eligible for promotion until you have worked here for two years. Illegible signifies “unreadable.” It is often said that doctors have illegible handwriting.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 6 338

healthful, healthy

A writing tip on the difference between the adjectives healthful and healthy.
Healthful refers to something that gives or promotes good health Eating a healthful diet is one way to stay healthy. Healthy means having or showing good health. However, healthy is being used increasingly in both senses, even in official or academic documents. Healthy seniors contribute their skills and experience to society. With the harvest from his vegetable garden, Marcel eats a healthy diet. Healthy villages, healthy schools, healthy workplaces, and healthy food markets are objectives of the Healthy Cities movement all over the world.
Source : Writing Tips Plus (difficultés et règles de la langue anglaise)
Nombre de consultations : 5 865