Ever thought there should be a standardized set of rules for email, an established etiquette system? Think about how time consuming reading and replying to email can be. As small business owners, a lot of time may be wasted each day trying to wade through your inbox, culling the nonsense and prioritizing what is important. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if everyone adhered to the same standard in sending emails? Then you can see at a glance what is important and what is frivolous, what requires a response and what does not.
Here’s where Chris Anderson, curator of TED, comes in. He is in the process of creating a community-inspired charter for email. Take a look at some of the ideas he proposes. Our favorite? Use “CC” judiciously. Only include those folks who really need to know the information contained therein. This also eliminates the dilemma for the email recipient as to whether they should “Reply All” or not. He is looking for input from the web, so if you have suggestions or comments, visit his blog and leave a comment.
What are some of your email pet peeves? What are some of your best practices? Leave us a comment below!