Articles about Email

Humor

18 appropriate punishments for people who don’t keep their calendars up to date

Congratulations! You found that one-hour block in the next two weeks when everyone’s calendar is open. You send the meeting invite only to have Ben decline. “I’m actually out of the office that day,” he says. “Could you find another time?” But Ben, you wonder, how will I find another time if your calendar bears no relation to your actual availability? Here are some appropriate ways to punish Ben and colleagues like him who don’t keep their calendar up to date.

Office Life

Here’s an email template to help you settle a team dispute

An email chain doesn’t allow for productive dialogue and employees can read a sentence the wrong way and become offended or turned off. That’s why, to settle a dispute, email should be used to plan a face-to-face conversation.

Words at Work

7 words that make you sound passive aggressive at work

Refrain from using these seven stereotypically passive-aggressive words when interacting with people at work, and you can avoid unnecessary and unproductive tension in the office.

Email

Ashton Kutcher’s simple, yet brilliant, email strategy

On a recent episode of The Thrive Global Podcast, Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington sat down with television and film actor, venture capitalist, philanthropist, producer and — the role that matters most to him — father Ashton Kutcher. In a wide-ranging conversation, Huffington and Kutcher spoke about everything from family, social media and privacy to sleeping, time management and what it means to truly relax.

Words at Work

Want to sound smarter? Master these 7 grammar tips

Poor writing can make others think you aren't intelligent. Don't get caught up in miscommunication. Master these simple tips.

The Whole Human

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of processing power, you would think our judgment would be highly accurate, but that’s far from the case.

Networking

How to land a meeting with an extremely busy person

Often time, the most challenging part about networking meetings is getting them on the schedule! Here’s how to make it happen.

Communication

How to explain a complex topic in simple terms

Strong writing skills are paramount. You don’t want to confuse people when you try to break down a difficult topic. On the flip side, employees will appreciate how you simplified the issue and, in doing so, valued their time and attention.

Networking

On meeting new people, following up, and being teachable

Here’s a powerful networking truth: Everyone you ever meet matters. No matter when someone crosses your path, you never know when they might come back around.

Communication

38 lessons that will help you write a good business email

I had to write emails every day for 4 years in a high-pressured sales environment. During that time I screwed up a lot. Eventually, with lots of trial and error, as well as real-time feedback, I got better.

News

Here is everything you need to know about the new Gmail

Stop what you are doing. Put everything down. There is a new version of Gmail out and you need to know everything about it. None of the new features are quite earth shattering, but they definitely may make you a bit more organized. 

Interview

5 things you should include in a killer, post-interview thank you (template included)

Sending a post-interview thank you note can really set you apart from other candidates because it signals your continued interest and solidifies a positive impression with the interviewer. Do not underestimate the follow-up! I’ve actually had hiring managers tell me to wait to schedule a second interview until we receive a thank-you note. Yup, it’s that important.

email

Writing the perfect subject line when you’re looking for a job

With an estimated 269 billion business emails sent every day, it's harder than ever to get yours noticed. And since email is often the first point of contact for job seekers and hiring managers, the subject line can make all the difference.

Templates

The email every leader should write

Are you a “rising star” at your job or an organization outside of work? To cement your “leader” status, use this email template and let others show what they can do.

Communication

These are the 10 adjectives you’re using too often

We know that there are many words that can make you look dumb, plus, phrases that can make you seem passive-aggressive, clueless and ridiculous, but it turns out that there are also a bunch of adjectives that you’re probably using too frequently as well.

Communication

This is the personality type most annoyed by grammar mistakes

If I see an ad for a vacation rental that says “Your going to Hollywood!” it really bugs me. But my collaborator, Robin Queen, a sociolinguist, who studies how language use varies across social groups, is not annoyed by those errors at all. So we did some research to find out what makes some people more sensitive to writing mistakes than others.

Job search

This magic bullet email can land you a job

Sending this winning email to your dream company can get you noticed...and even hired.

Connections

Get serious about networking: 5 tips for making a connection

Networking is the ultimate route, and the reasons are endless. You’ll meet investors, leaders, and potential team members. Here are some of my favorite networking methods that continue to work for me.

Communication

How to use the right tone in emails

Your messages are more than facts and figures about the business. Each word carries tone and significance, and employees scrutinize every sentence in search of meaning.

Templates

How to ask for a networking meeting with a coworker

If you want to brainstorm or learn from a coworker, ask politely for the person’s time but include parameters on when the meeting should happen.

Words at Work

Sorry, but these 5 words, you like, really, kind of overuse

Though training your tongue will take some time — especially if you’ve never edited yourself before — you can get started with these overused words. According to career experts, they have no place in your office or inbox.

Communication

6 networking mistakes you don’t know you’re making

Your professional network does a lot more than submit your resume.

How To

Saying ‘no’ is its own leadership capability: 8 ways to say it with grace and style

In a world of more requests than we can possibly fulfill, learning to say no with grace and style is a skill we all need. We should be saying no more than we say yes, although the opposite is usually true. We say yes too quickly and no too slowly.

Communication

These are the Top 10 email sinners

From overuse of capitals and exclamation marks to failing to reply and constantly having an out of office responder switched on, there are email faux pas many of us will recognize.

Office Life

8 surprising things ultra productive people do every day

You don’t need to work longer or push yourself harder — you just need to work smarter. Ultra-productive people know this. They squeeze every drop out of every hour without expending any extra effort.