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Email Writing Tips

Today George is sharing some advice about writing emails. He directed his advice to students who do not have English as their first language but I know that others may benefit from some of his suggestions.

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Hello!

My name is George Qin. I am a 4th year BBA student. I would like to share my experience with you about writing emails.

Email communication plays an important role in the business world. Although writing emails may just take you minutes, the impact they make may be huge. When I worked for some companies for my Co-op, I felt a good email could actually make people reply to you.

I know you have learned a lot about writing emails. But what is the easiest way to start? One possible way, is to try to learn from other people. You donít have to spend excess time on the Internet to construct a perfect email. You could learn from the people who sent you the email and try to use the same tone. The advantage is that you wonít write too formal or too casual. People usually expect other people to treat them in the same way they like to be treated. You could also learn from your friends who are good at writing in English. Although they may not write perfect emails, you will improve your email writing by reading more and writing more. Just try to write an error free email at the beginning. You will get a feeling about what a good email looks like and become sophisticated eventually.

Last, mention in your email that you have attached something. Busy people may not read emails very carefully so you have to remind them.

George
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