Before we get started, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope you managed to relax and get some downtime over Christmas. My daughter Rebecca was back from London, so I took some time off to spend with her, which included watching movies, a few lunches, drinking wine, and doing her tax return!
I’m excited to get stuck into 2017 – a year which will see us expanding Ashton McGill and the launch of a new venture in Q1. I’ve already done my first speaking gig of the year at Friday’s CMA Kick Off event in Dundee – a fantastic day organised by my friend Chris Marr, with over 70 people attending.
Anyway, onto the first daily blog post of the year….
One thing I’ve noticed happening more often in the past few months is the very direct and unfriendly way that people write emails. In most cases, I’m sure they don’t mean to come across this way, however it’s something I’ve got a real bee in my bonnet about. Let me explain.
When you meet someone that you know face to face, you’ll both say something like, “Hey Chris!”, and go on to ask what each other has been up to, maybe enquiry how business is, and so on.
However, when it comes to email – which still remains our primary method of communicating at work – I’m seeing a trend that bothers me.
More and more emails seem to simply start like this –
‘Alasdair, I wonder if…..’.
No Hi, Hello, or Hey! And no ‘small talk’ asking after me. Just straight down to business. Maybe I’m old fashioned, but I think that’s impolite. For all the time it takes, can’t we say hello to each other, even in an email, and enquiry after each other?
It doesn’t take a lot to do this, but for me as the recipient it makes the world of difference.
What do you think? How do you write your emails? Let me know!