Since becoming a cornerstone of business communication, email has developed a unique style and structure which requires all business emails to be direct, clear and easy to read.

As more people are beginning life as “remote workers” or “digital nomads,” proper email etiquette can reduce stress levels.

Email etiquette refers to the principles of behavior that a person should use when writing or answering email messages. It is also known as the code of conduct for email communication. Email etiquette depends upon to whom we are writing- Friends & Relatives, Partners, Customers, Superior or Subordinates.

The formality of your writing, for example, can vary depending on your company. Subject matter or other factors also come into play and must be considered.

No matter what you’re writing. Remember to stay professional because you lose control of an email once you click, send. Emails can be copied and forwarded to others indefinitely. So make sure you choose your words carefully. With the subject line, you want it to be brief and descriptive.

If the subject line is too vague or rambling, you may lose your reader’s attention. Every email needs at least one recipient, but if you’re including multiple recipients, consider using the S.S. or carbon copy field. This keeps those extra readers in the loop without requiring them to respond.

Make your greeting brief and friendly and address the recipient by name. If you know it. The first name is preferable if you’re familiar with the recipient. And use their last name, if you want to be more formal.

In the body of your email, start with your key point, so it’s easy to find and keep your writing concise and focused on your readers. If you need a response from your readers, include a call to action, so they know how to respond.

Also, if you’ve attached a file to your email. Be sure to mention it, as you reach the ending.

Offer a quick farewell such as thanks or sincerely then give your name and contact information.

Writing concise emails is a powerful skill that you can develop through consistent practice. Keep writing and learning and you’ll become a more effective communicator with every email you send.

Jerry Nelson is an American writer living the expat life in Argentina. You can find him at any of hundreds of sidewalk cafes and hire him through Fiverr, join the quarter-million who follow him on Twitter or contact him at [email protected].

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