Rodney Dangerfield was an American comedian, and actor, known for the catchphrase “I don’t get no respect!” As an example, a one liner of his was, “My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.”
A couple of weeks ago I received a business email from ‘Tommy (I will leave out his last name). Everything else on the email was professional, but the name brought to mind a younger lad, fresh-faced, just out of school and short pants. My mom called me ‘Timmy’ and my wife does on occasions, but that is where I draw the line.
Further down the line in a relationship, you can be a ‘Debbie’, ‘Billy’, Sandi (with an I) or even a ‘Timmy’, but it is not a good idea to start that way. People will make a judgment based on our signature in an email or letter and it is always easier to start at a professional level and work down than the other way around.
One of the problems with email is that it falls between a letter and a telephone call. You can be less formal than a letter, but not much and never too much with a new relationship. Check the rest of your standard email writing and make sure you’re not too informal and do not be lazy…grammar and spelling still count.
“Shakespeare wrote that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but don’t let that fool you. Names count.”
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