Mind Your Basic Email P’s and Q’s

An overload of communications

My mother is a member of her neighborhood’s homeowners association. When I hear some of the tales of accidental Reply All’s, Blind Carbon Copy emails, misinterpreted tone and other email blunders, I wonder how something as basic as email etiquette is still the cause of so many misunderstandings. So, while cleaning out my press release folder, I came across this tip sheet from communication expert and author Roshini Rajkumar. It’s at least 10 months old, so a bit old for SUCCESS.com, but the information is always relevant. You can forward this to your board members, Mom.

  • Proof your post or email—two or three times. Grammatical errors and typos are so easy to fix, and when you post content with typos, you’re sending a message about yourself, the wrong message.
  • Have a purpose for the message you’re sending or posting. Make sure your post is to the point and clear. If you can’t follow it, how do you expect your followers to? Be short, be precise and be smart. Continue reading “Mind Your Basic Email P’s and Q’s”

Text Target for Coupons

English: Logo of Target Stores in 1968.

If you’re lazy about cutting coupons like me, (somehow picking up the newspaper that lands at my door on Sunday is too much to muster during a Texas summer when it’s 108–literally) try Target’s mobile coupons. Great thing about Target is they don’t send you any text spam–only coupons that are super easy to use at checkout. Visit Target.com to sign up.

‘Attention is the new oil’

Jason Silva has been described as a modern day Timothy Leary, without all the drugs. The National Geographic filmmaker and host of the channel’s series Brain Games (premiering April 22) philosophizes on radical openness, exponential thinking and techno optimism in short videos he calls “Shots of Philosophical Espresso.” Yes, he really calls them that. And yes, they’re that caffeinated.

“Attention is the new oil,” Silva, 31, told an Austin South by Southwest Interactive audience in March. “It’s a limited resource, and it’s being devoured faster than ever before.” Continue reading “‘Attention is the new oil’”