Are YOU Addicted to Email?

Written by Kurt Geer

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* Set certain times ofrepparttar day to check your email - 3 times max morning, noon and night.( If you are checking every 5 minutes delay it and try to make it 10 and then 15. If you get overrepparttar 109699 first urge you can make it.)

* If you feelrepparttar 109700 urge to check your email, get up and take a break from your PC station, exercise and walk around.

* Set up your email program's filters to put your email in certain folders and systematically go through your folders 1 at a time starting withrepparttar 109701 important ones first.

* Set up your email program with your sig files, ads and other templates you use to make it easier and faster withrepparttar 109702 time you spend on reading and writing email. Make you emails short and torepparttar 109703 point. If you do most of your marketing by email set up blocks of time to get it done.

* If you need to, completely shut off your email program when you are working on important projects. Cold Turkey is sometimesrepparttar 109704 best and quickest way to break habits. And remember, when habits hurt YOU change them.

Kurt Geer If you've been surfing 7 days, 7 months or 7 years (70 years? Your name must be Al Gore) You'll find something of value at

How To Write Emails That Sell (You)!

Written by Ron Sathoff

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Also, be cautious about sending a message in ALL CAPS. Inrepparttar "lingo" ofrepparttar 109698 Internet, a message in all caps means thatrepparttar 109699 sender is shouting. Certainly, there may be times you want to create this impression, but use it carefully!

* Give context to your emails. Once, I received a message from someone that consisted of one word -- "Yes." It took me 1/2 an hour just to figure out what question I had asked inrepparttar 109700 first place!

Always give enough context to your messages so that your readers will understand what you are talking about. If you are responding to a prior e-mail, it's usually enough to just includerepparttar 109701 message you are responding to. Don't, however, fall intorepparttar 109702 trap of including each and every message in a 40-message email conversation -- That's probably just a little TOO much context!

* Give full contact information. This one is pretty simple -- always let your recipient know who sentrepparttar 109703 message. Don't trust your email address to provide this information; Always sign your messages with your full name and organization, just as if you were sending a regular letter. Having a signature file can be very helpful for this.

* Be as prompt as possible. Once again, this is a no-brainer, but it is easy to lose track of your messages, especially when you get a lot of them. I've foundrepparttar 109704 best way to managing my responses is to religiously userepparttar 109705 mailbox function on my email program. As soon as I respond to a message, it goes into a separate mailbox (usually organized so that each client has their own mailbox) -- that way, I know that everything in my "In" box is something that needs a response.

* Think BEFORE you send! This is probablyrepparttar 109706 most important thing you can do when you are sending email. Almost every horror story I have heard about email has something to do with someone who sent an email while in an emotional state, or who sent an email without double-checkingrepparttar 109707 message and who it was going to.

If you get a message that makes you angry, don't send an email back right away. Take some time to settle down so that you aren't sending a message that you will regret later. Remember that your angry words can be "saved" by your recipient, and you don't want them to come back to haunt you.

Also, always double-check your message to make sure it says exactly what you want it to say, that it is going ONLY torepparttar 109708 people who you want to see it, and that it is coming fromrepparttar 109709 right address (important if you have a number of different users on your system).

Remember -- oncerepparttar 109710 email is sent, you can't call it back!

Just one last note: I'm not saying that we should take as much time with an email as we would with a business proposal or case study. What we SHOULD do, however, is make certain that every piece of correspondence we write, whether it is a sales letter, an inter-office memo, or an email message, should reflectrepparttar 109711 image that we want to maintain -- one of professionalism, competence, and caring.

Ron Sathoff is a noted speaker and manager of DrNunley's Ron works with business speakers and writers, helping them with their copy-writing, marketing, and Internet promotion. Reach him at or 801-328-9006.

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