Discussion Questions: Email What is “etiquette”? What is “netiquette”? How does email differ from face to face communication? Discuss at least 3 differences between these two forms of communication. Have you ever received a poorly written email? How did you know? What was your impression of the author who sent it to you? Why does it matter what we say in an email?
Quiz: Are You Email Etiquette Savvy? Go to the following link and take the quiz: http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=are- you-email-etiquette-savvy
32 Email Etiquette Tips/Rules These are some of the most important ones. Go thru the list and discuss those that you were not familiar with before.
32 Most Important Email Tips: 1-81. Be concise and to the point.2. Answer all questions and pre-empt further questions.3. Use proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.4. Make it personal.5. Use templates for frequently used responses.6. Answer Swiftly.7. Do not attach unnecessary files.8. Use proper structure and layout.
32 Most Important Email Tips: 9-169. Do not overuse the high priority option.10. Do not write in CAPITALS.11. Don’t leave out the message thread.12. Add disclaimers to your emails.13. Read the email before you send it.14. Do not overuse “reply to all”.15. Mailings-- use the bcc: field or do a mail merge.16. Take care with abbreviations and emoticons.
32 Most Important Email Tips: 17-2417. Be careful with formatting.18. Take care with rich text and HTML messages.19. Do not forward chain letters.20. Do not request delivery and read receipts.21. Do not ask to recall a message.22. Do not copy a message or attachment without permission.23. Do not use email to discuss confidential information.24. Use a meaningful subject.
32 Most Important Email Tips: 25-3225. Use active instead of passive voice.26. Avoid using URGENT and IMPORTANT.27. Avoid long sentences.28. Don’t send or forward emails containing libelous, defamatory, offensive, racist, or obscene remarks.29. Don’t forward virus hoaxes.30. Keep your language gender neutral.31. Don’t reply to spam.32. Use the cc: field sparingly.
Model Emails Analyze the following emails for good and bad qualities.
Sample 1 (Student-Teacher)Subject Line: I UPLOADED THE HOMEWORK TODAY TUESDAYMessage:DEAR CANDIS, I REQUESTED TO DO THE HOMEWORK ON THURSDAY,BUT I FINISHED IT TODAY,TUESDAY,THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE CHANCE.MY REGARDSM*****
Sample 2 (Student-Teacher)Subject Line: Hi!Message:Dear Professor Quinones,Hi!Yesterday, I sent my draft to you, and this is my newannotation.Can you check this and give me some comments?Thank you!Sincerely,J***** S*******
Sample 3 (Teacher-Student)Subject Line: HEY!!!!!!!!!!!!Message:Yo yo yo students – WHAT’S HAPPENING!?!?Can u believe the semester’s over? Me either. I’m gonna taketime off to sleep and go party with my friends. It’s going to beAWESOME! Here’s my phone number if you wanna hang out some time –(717) 555-2020 so call me anytime of the day or nite cuz I’d loveto see you outside of class and get to know you better. ;)Peace Out!
Sample 4 (Teacher-Student)Subject Line: Reminders for Tomorrow’s ClassMessage:Dear Students,Since we didnt get to finish all the presentations, we willbegin with the last group. (Presenters, please be a little earlyto set up). We need to begin on time.See you tomorrow,Ms. Quinones
Sample 5 (Friend-Friend)Subject Line: Can you give me a ride?Message:Dear Joe,I hope you are well. My car broke down yesterday and is still inthe shop, but I need to work tomorrow and don’t have a wayto get there.Since you work right down the street from my office, I waswondering if you would be able to give me a ride to worktomorrow morning. I would really appreciate it.Thanks,Charlie
Sample 6 (Friend-Friend)Subject Line: Re: Can you give me a ride?Message:Charlie,Sure, no problem. What time should I pick you up?Joe
Videos about Netiquette Proper Email Etiquette with Corporate Comedian Greg Schwem http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0- Mmp_hGVRY&feature=related How to Follow Proper Netiquette Rules http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dRoclqDJh0 Email Protocol for Contacting Your Professor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTct6uITSAM Emailing Your Professor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uxaa8U4crAk
Create Your Own Practice writing your own emails for the following situations. Email a professor about missing class. Email a professor to make an appointment. Email a classmate to ask about what you missed. Email a friend to schedule a lunch next week. Email someone to thank them for a favor they did you. Remember to consider the audience and the purpose of your email.
Discussion Questions: Telephone Do you know how to talk on the phone? Are there any areas about telephone communication that concern you (that you worry about)? If so, discuss this with your partner or group and list 3 here. Do you think you possess courteous telephone communication skills? Share your strongest skill with your group. Do you know what time is proper or improper to telephone someone?
Aspects of Telephone Etiquette Cell Phone Etiquette Making a Call Answering a Call Leaving a Message
Cell Phone Etiquette: Top 10Rules 1. Your cell phone doesn’t have to go with you everywhere you go. Movie theaters, restaurants, and plays are examples of places where they are not usually welcome. 2. Don’t let your cell phone control you. Just because it rings doesn’t mean you have to answer it. I.E. Driving and talking on a cell phone is dangerous. 3. Be alert while using a cell phone. Watch where you are going. 4. Use your quiet, inside voice. Do not yell into your cell phone. Respect the environment around you. 5. Know your ringtone so you don’t have to check it every time you hear a phone ring. (Program a unique, but tasteful one).
essortment.comCell Phone Etiquette: Top 10Rules6. Save certain discussions for later, i.e. arguments. Be aware of who is around you and don’t discuss sensitive, personal, or graphic conversations in public.7. Excuse yourself before starting a cell phone conversation and politely turn away from others to complete your call.8. Keep your conversations short. Especially if you are entertaining friends or clients in person, let them know that you value their time.9. Let the phone ring if you are busy with something important.10. Listen to the flight attendant. Obey signs and directives that prohibit cell phone use. They are there for a reason!
Videos about Cell Phone Etiquette Business Dress & Etiquette: Cell Phone Calls During Business http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq2-G75dtgg Cell Phone Etiquette http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKK8CVKMrgY
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Making a Call Time of day Self-identification Getting Through Purpose for the Call Clarity of speech Tone of voice
Making a Call Time of Day Calling too early or late can be considered rude. What is too early or too late? Guideline: don’t call at a time where the person may likely be asleep(before 7:00 am or after 9:00-10:00pm). Avoid calling around the usual times people would be eating. This is considered common courtesy. Also, avoid calling a business around closing time.
Making a Call Self Identification It is considered good manners to identify yourself after the person on the other end picks up the phone. Example phrases: “This is _______” “_________ here…” “(Hey) It’s ______” “My name is _______...” “I’m calling from _______”
Making a Call Getting Through to the Right Person Ask to speak with the person you intended to call (If you know that it is a shared number or office phone number) Sample Phrases: “May I please speak with _________” “Could you please put me through to _____” “ Could I be connected with _______” “Is ______ available?” “Is ______ home/there” “Can I talk to ______” “Put ______ on the phone”
Making a Call Purpose for the Call Once you have identified yourself and are speaking to your target audience, it is time to state your reason for calling. Be direct and to the point. One or two sentences maximum. After you’ve stated the purpose of your call, be sure to ask if it is a convenient time. Let the person know how much time you will need for the call. Be honest.
Making a Call Clarity of Speech Be sure to speak clearly and enunciate your words. It can be hard to understand a caller if they are not trying to speak clearly. This creates the need for repetition and can sometimes be frustrating for both the listener and the caller. It may also be necessary to adjust your normal rate of speech while on the phone.
Making a Call Tone of Voice Remember: The person you are speaking to cannot see you so your voice reflects your courtesy. If you smile while speaking on the phone, it will be reflected in your tone. Short words or responses can sound rude on the phone if they aren’t carefully inflected.
Answering a Call Letting it ring Greeting Self-identification Putting People on Hold Taking a Message
Answering a Call Letting it Ring Let the phone ring a reasonable length of time. Don’t wait too long or you will miss the call Don’t pick up on the first ring It can startle the caller, they may not be ready for you If you rush, you may sound out of breath or impatient
Answering a Call Greeting The standard greeting for answering the phone is “hello”. “Yes” is considered to short and sounds rude. In an office or at a business it is typical to answer the phone by identifying the company and then the speaker i.e. “ESL Department, Clara speaking. (How may I help you?)”
Answering a Call Self Identification Once the standard greeting has been given, it is standard for the speaker to identify themselves *unless it is their personal phone line, in which case they assume the caller knows who they are calling. Examples: “Hello, this is John. With whom am I speaking?” “HR department, Ray speaking. How can I help you?”
Answering a Call Putting People on Hold If you have an incoming call, you may choose to ignore it or put the person you are speaking with on hold. If you must put someone on hold, explain to them why. Be sure to do this diplomatically and politely. People are more likely to be patient if you explain the reason for their inconvenience.
Answering a Call Taking a Message If the person that the caller seeks is not in, ask if you can take a message. i.e. “May I take a message?” Ask for their name, purpose of their call, the desired response (would they like to be called back) and their phone number. Repeat the information back the the caller to make sure it is correct.
Leaving a Message With a Person On Voicemail
Leaving a Message With a Person Ask to leave a message for the person you are calling Leave your name, the reason for your call, and let them know the desired response to your call. Ask to be called back, or specify if you will call back. Leave your phone number if you are not sure if they have it.
Leaving a Message On Voicemail Wait for the beep. Be brief and to the point. Identify yourself Tell them why you called. Leave a call back number.
Videos about Phone Etiquette Professional Phone Etiquette: Phone Etiquette for Making a Call http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvbxFGnEoq8 Professional Phone Etiquette: Recording a Voicemail Greeting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCRyfpURiKQ Professional Phone Etiquette: What NOT to Do When Leaving a Phone Message http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQWpB90BPX8 Professional Phone Etiquette: Taking Good Phone Messages http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00m1mQFF5zo
Practice Practice making a call, answering a call and leaving a message for the following situations: Telling your boss you need to reschedule a meeting. Telling your husband or wife you will be late coming home. Asking a professor if they are available to meet with you tomorrow. Asking your friend if they want to have dinner with you tomorrow.