Communicating Effectively Through Email – #ConstChat Questions 4/16/15

#ConstChat Communicating Through EmailAre you in construction? Do you want to build up your following? Are you looking to connect with the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) community?

You’re in luck!

Joining our weekly Twitter Chat may just be the right thing for you.

Construction Chat is on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

How to Join a Chat:

1. Follow the hashtag on Twitter (but don’t forget to add #ConstChat manually after your tweet or we won’t see your tweet).

2. Use Hootsuite or TweetDeck and make a column for #ConstChat (but don’t forget to put #ConstChat manually after your tweet).

3. Go to the Twubs page for #ConstChat.

4. My preferred method is using TweetChat. Just go here and log in with your Twitter account. You can even highlight the moderator so you don’t miss questions.

Communicating Effectively Through Email (and Texting)

What we forget about email is the recipients perception. My friend Joanne Marquez always says, “The tone of an email reflects the mood of the reader.”

So, how can you predict the recipient’s mood? You can’t always. But you do have a history of context with that person. Communicating though email is convenient; it can also be tricky.

A good rule of thumb with email is if an email bothers you, do nothing for 24 hours. Wait. Reflect. Reread. Does the tone of the email change?

When writing emails, see this blog post, say what you need to in 5 lines. Put hard returns (enter key for you young people) after each sentence. Why? People don’t read. They scan.

Merlin Mann of 43 folders gives great email tips in his Email Ninja posts.

This week’s questions:

Q1. What percentage of communication is done through email?

Q2. What form of communication do you prefer?

Q3. Do you write emails the way you write blogs?

Q4. When does an email conversation need to become a phone or in-person conversation?

Q5. What are the pitfalls of email?

Q6. Do you have any tips to make email (or texting) more effective?

What are your thoughts? Show up to the chat Thursday or write them in the comments below.

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