Pet Peeve - I Don't Care Where You're Sending Your E-mail From!

  • Aug 25, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe that having that little sentence at the end of an e-mail advertising the fact that it was sent that e-mail from your phone excuses anyone from good spelling and grammar.

ESPECIALLY WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS.

Presenting yourself as a professional applies to many areas – the way we dress, speak, write, even our handshake (or lack of one, nowadays). If you’re trying to make a good impression, why would you not check to make sure that:

  1. your spelling is correct?
  2. your grammar is good?
  3. what you wrote made sense?

It doesn't matter to me where you compose your e-mail - it should still be the most professional presentation of you possible. If your fingers are too big (and whose aren't) to type well on a phone, then wait 'til you get to a computer or a tablet!

In my opinion, all that little sentence that's preprogrammed into your phone is good for is to let everyone know what kind of phone you're using. It's a great free ad for that company!

And don't think that professionalism doesn't count in texts, too. I get that abbreviations might be necessary in text messages, but that doesn’t mean that full words shouldn’t be spelled correctly or that you should rely on the auto-suggest function to fill in your message for you. Yes, those auto-suggestions might make people laugh, but are you sure they’re not laughing at you?

Oh, and one more thing: if you’re sending a text, don’t assume that the person receiving it know who it’s from because that phone number might not be in their contact list! Include your name just to make sure. My auto-signature is turned on for texts and my kids just laugh that every text from me comes with "Rama Beerfas" at the end of it.