Email is a magical thing.
One minute you’re typing a note and the next second, someone across the world or even better – thousands of people across the world could be reading it. It’s pretty amazing. The kind of brain it would take to think of and develop this technology is much bigger, enhanced and evolved than my own.
The thing is, the person who invented email didn’t take into consideration emotions and how easy it is to send horribly impulsive emails. OR, maybe they did and they thought it was funny.
In all honesty, I can’t count the number of emails each week that I shouldn’t send. Some would get me fired, some would get me dumped and some would send me to the insane asylum.
In my younger years, a few times I sent angry emails when I was half in the bag. What’s that all about? Who emails when they can only see from one eye. Oops.
Anyway, there are a few things to eliminate from your email (especially if it’s a work email) before you hit the send button. Below is a list of things to consider:
- ALL CAPS – Do you really need to be yelling at the person your sending your email to? Really? In a professional setting, should you really be yelling at all? At my last job, my friend Kevin and I would have ALL CAPS mornings, where we’d just yell to each other until everyone else arrived.
- ALL CAPS IN RED – Clearly you’re pissed. Appearing level headed (even when you’re fuming on the inside) is a much better approach.
- ALL CAPS BOLD ITALICS – If you’re going to send an email in this font treatment, this person better have intentionally killed your dog. Just saying – chill out sista.
- Insults of any kind. #1 the person you are emailing could take it to HR #2 you never know who’s going to be your boss one day. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
So, when you’ve written an email when you’re all in a fluster DON’T PRESS SEND!
I know I just yelled that, but it’s very important, I needed to stress my point. Sure write it down, get it out. Don’t press send. Put it in a folder and read it later. If you still mean it, then press send…but be prepared for the repercussions. Really though, don’t do it. Edit it down. When in doubt, you can download an app from ToneCheck, where they scan your email for emotions. Maybe what you also could do is make an on going word doc where you can drop in your original hate mail and in a few months, read the hate mail and have a good giggle.
A challenge dear readers: send me an email you once sent, or planned on sending. If it’s funny, I’ll post it.