Ludwig Wittgenstein, an Austrian-British philosopher, said:
“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”
And this statement is proven by Albert Mehrabian, professor of psychology at the University of California, in research which concludes: that only 7% of communication is made up of words, 38% is tone of voice, and the other 55% is body language. I am sure that you are familiar with it, but…
How do you communicate effectively when you have neither voice nor body language at your disposal? I am thinking about emails. Have you known that 200 billion emails are sent every day around the world! Therefore, it is really important to use them productively.
Please remember these 5 rules (more regarding to a form not a content), which help you communicate wisely with respect of your and recipients’ time:
- Be clear and make your email short – or it simply will not be read…
- Get to the point quickly – please give up/avoid unnecessary niceties. “Better is an enemy of good”- it is a mantra of Dorota Iwankiewicz FCIM, DM2 Agency creative director 😊
- Never type in all capitals! – you are not shouting!
- Keep it conversational – you are humans! However, be careful with smileys. Too much: you do not want to make yourself look less professional – researchers say.
- Do not fill emails with big words and corporate language. Instead of them use your recipient’s predicates…
Oh, we simply moved to the details of persuasive language, which is a content not a form of emails, what I promised.
Therefore, let me finish this post with a great example of influencer … Nick Vujicic, Australian motivational speaker, a man without arms and legs. He shows there are no limitations to effective communication.