Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Are you minding your email manners?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha said it right. It should be the golden standard when communicating on a professional level. Showing a little respect to your peers goes a long way, but all too frequently, we click “send” without thinking of the people on the other end, their inboxes and their schedules.

Our friends over at Bisnow passed along this post dedicated to the seven sins frequently committed by PR pros. Drafted after a particularly “maddening evening” of clearing out a clogged inbox of oversized attachments and pitches unrelated to her beat, the reporter offers tips on the best ways to show respect and interest to reporters through email.

We all make mistakes, but these are great reminders on email etiquette not only in dealing with reporters but colleagues of all types. Check out Amanda Marsh’s post. 

UPDATE: The disasterous end-result when you're rude to a reporter? You become the news! Techcrunch publishes email chain from PR pro Timothy Johnson, who definitely forgot his manners. See it here.

This post was contributed by Vicky Smithee.