Sending out a nasty, offensive, slandering email when you are agitated is very tempting. Sometimes, your anger wins because emailing someone is a little too easy. However, successful entrepreneurs don’t do this no matter how bad the situation may be. They know that once you press the Send button, the damage is done. When you cool off, you will experience repairable remorse that can’t be repaired and you’ll have hurt the recipient more than you thought possible.
Let’s take a look at ways to avoid such tragedy in your business network:
Write It Out But Do NOT Hit Send
It is good to vent your anger and express it so that it doesn’t damage you internally. In the heat of the moment we suggest that you type out everything you are feeling. Remove it all in the email but instead of pressing Send, just save it in the Draft. When you cool off, open the Draft to edit it. You’ll rewrite the entire thing, most probably, and save yourself from the pain of guilt.
Keep Your Sarcasm In Limits
There are different ways in which people express anger online. Some use excessive exclamatory marks while others resort to ALL CAPS. However, the most dangerous are the ones who use sarcasm and slapstick humor to show their displeasure. Remember that emails can easily be misinterpreted because the recipient doesn’t know the tone or your body language. Adding sarcasm on top of it can really trouble your strategic alliances. Make it a rule never to laugh at someone or make fun of someone’s feelings. If you are habituated to using sarcasm and humor, make it at your expense and not the recipient’s.
Remember You Are Still Talking To A Person and Not A Robot
Successful entrepreneurs never lose themselves in the glitz of the virtual world. With the gleaming screen of your laptop that doesn’t have feeling it is easy to forget the recipient on the other end has feelings. You may watch yourself before insulting someone directly but you tend to miss that online because you are directly talking to a machine and not a person. Keeping in mind that the ultimate recipient is still human might make you less nasty.
Recognize When You Should Turn The Online Debate Into a Meeting
Driving profitability over the Internet can be difficult especially when things get tough. That is why it is recommended that you realize when to take the discussion out of the Internet and into the meeting room. Some discussions are best held face to face because technology, no matter how advanced, can never replace human touch.
Following these tips may be challenging in the beginning but it is imperative to train yourself to avoid making situations worse.
When agitated or angered, it is very easy to write long emails that are slandering and offensive. Such emails can damage relationships, which is why successful entrepreneurs are very careful. It is recommended that you take necessary steps, too, in order to avoid venting your anger through email.