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8 Words And Phrases That You Should Never Use In Formal Emails

8 Words And Phrases That You Should Never Use In Formal Emails

Email is a powerful tool for reaching out to new business prospects. The efficacy of a properly crafted email can be pivotal in reaching new career heights and instigating a working relationship.

When communicating through an email, you should understand the functionality of the message you are sending. It is important to know that a formal email should be directed at initiating something thoughtful rather than starting out with words and presenting a message that is thoughtless.

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A formal email should be effective and thoughtful enough to start or build a working relationship. Your choice of words can sound rich and evocative enough to get you the response you desire or can be tactless and empty enough to get you the silence or the response you detest. So here are the words that you need to avoid using in your next formal email.

1. “I am forwarding…” or “I have forwarded…”

Rather than using a variation on the word “forward,” just use “send” instead. In email, using a word like “forwarding” means that you are sending material from one person to another. Just be specific instead with the word “send.”

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2. “Please note that…”

People tend to use these words politely and innocently, perhaps because they are simply trying to indicate something and want the reader to pay active attention. The truth is that this phrase is actually passive. Using a phrase like “be advised” shows that you are more assertive, proactive, and professional rather than priggish.

3. “Sincerely yours,”

“Sincerely yours,” “Very truly yours,” “Yours very truly,” — these words that sound so endearing could apply in the Victorian era, not now in the digital age. You don’t belong sincerely to anyone. Even when you know the person already, you don’t have to bring such familiarity to a formal email. Rather than use such outdated words, replace them with a formal word like “faithfully” or “regards” — yet, even this should be done with caution and according to the situation and relationship.

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4. “I hope you are well.”

The word “hope” doesn’t have any place in a formal email. Are you trying to come across as a caring and concerned person? Or are you trying to force a working relationship by showing concern? Instead, show that you respect the recipient’s time and get to the point quickly.

5. “Respectfully,”

This sounds negative, like you are respectfully declining a request or a decision. It adds a somber tone to your email and it doesn’t really soften the position or the content of your email.

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6. “Kindly”

I rarely see this word in formal emails. If you are still using this word, it is best you stop. It is old-fashioned and seemingly antiquated. It is better you use “please” rather than “kindly.”

7. “Please do not hesitate to contact me.”

“Hesitate,” when coined and used half a century ago, meant that you wanted to offer a lightened or a softer touch to your request. However, when the words became popular, it quickly became a cliché. By using a cliché in your email, you come across as unoriginal and disingenuous. Be personal with your words and use something like “please call me” or “send me an email,” which is still polite but doesn’t have a cliché attached to it.

8. “I thought I should reach out.”

People like to be indirect and express themselves in a soft tone or plea to get what they want. This phrase, which has suddenly become popular, sounds like a babyish approach at eliciting a response from the person you are sending your email to. This supposedly soft approach doesn’t make you sound direct or active. Be clear rather than being cloudy or vague with your words. Rather than say you are trying to reach out, just express the action you are asking the recipient to make. Being direct and clear could get you the reply you want.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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