Monthly Archives: September 2011

How to Avoid the Email Black Hole

How to Avoid the Email Black Hole:

Formal versus Informal Correspondence

Just last week I finished up a very important proposal for a prospective client that I was most anxious to land. The proposal took me a couple of days and a few rewrites to get it just right. In my excitement, I saved my proposal to a .pdf file format and emailed it over to the client immediately when I was done. I was surprised when they didn’t email back right away, acknowledging receipt or giving me any feedback. But I knew I had to be patient, so I waited…and waited, and waited. After a week went by, I rang the prospect up to see what they thought of my proposal and he said that he hadn’t received it.

Blast! My email was never received. I just lost five important days in the sales cycle.

This is just one of the shortcomings of email in business.

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Do I have to write a Thank You note?

Do I have to write a Thank You note?

“Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy” Unknown

Opening a birthday card from Grandma can be the best! Money dropping out of that card can be even better!

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Let Employers Know You Are Interested

Let Employers Know You Are Interested!

In February, Oprah Winfrey aired a two-part segment with former regular Iyanla Vazant. Iyanla had appeared on the show 20 times in the late 1990s/early 2000s. Suddenly, she disappeared. Oprah brought her back on to discuss exactly what happened.
Ultimately, it ended up being a case of miscommunication.

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How to Write a Love Letter

How to write a love letter

“What is the etiquette for writing a love letter?”

As an Etiquette Consultant, I get asked all sorts of odd questions, as people want to know the “right way” to do a wide variety of life’s activities. While this was not the typical “Which fork do I use?” type of question, it is a fun one to consider!

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