email2Welcome to this episode of Live Better with your host Yasmin Shiraz. The topic for today’s episode is “Responding To All Emails… Why You Should…” This is a ripe topic for discussion because I think some of us are ignoring our emails when we shouldn’t be. Sure, there is junk mail, newsletters, spam and all sorts of stuff that floods our inbox but should we be responding to all our email? I think so. Here are three questions that I want to ask before we begin?

 

1. Have you ever had a misunderstanding via text message?

2. Have you ever made a mistake when reading emails, texts, or other correspondence.

3. Have you ever needed to get a quick response to a problem that you’ve encountered?

 

If you answered Yes to the three questions, then you probably already answer all of your emails. But, one thing that I’ve noticed with the proliferation of text messaging and emailing is that we’re making assumptions when we read text messages and even emails. We read between the lines when the line hasn’t really told the whole story. Furthermore, this form of communication is full of typos. Emails and texts never fully convey the meaning in the same way as if you had spoken to a person over the phone or in the flesh.

WHY WE SHOULD RESPOND TO ALL EMAILS

When I’m super-busy, I don’t answer all of my emails in the same day, but I do make a point to go back and respond to emails. I respond to readers, business colleagues, friends, fans. I don’t want anyone to think that their time and words don’t matter to me because they do. When I encounter business colleagues who don’t respond, I make a notation and I’m not likely to do business with them again.

 

So even if you can’t respond to every email within 24 hours, don’t you think you owe it to yourself to give some response in a timely fashion? The other thing that I’ve noticed is that we are getting our feelings hurt when we mis-read or make assumptions that are read over text or email. If texts or emails are leading you to a place where you don’t feel that you can respond, pick up the phone. Don’t allow assumptions or typos to get in the way of you communicating to the best of your ability.

 

Life is many things but mostly its communication and miscommunication. I strive everyday to communicate to the best of my ability. Good communication makes a difference in business, with family, within relationships–everywhere.

 

I hope this tip helps someone. And since we’re on the topics of email, send me one.

If you have any tips or questions that you’d like me address on my site or on the Live Better podcast, please email me at YShiraz AT YasminShiraz dot net. For more Live Better episodes, please visit www.yasminshiraz.net , sign up on iTunes or sign up on Stitcher Radio. And, our show is now on YouTube.

See you next time.

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