Ever find yourself struggling to write a professional yet effective email? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution.
Okay, it’s not exactly our doing, but the CEO of Cyrus Innovation Tami Reiss. She’s put together Gmail plug-in ’Just Not Sorry’ which works to underline ALL the bad things you’ve been doing in your emails that have been putting off potential employers or colleagues.
The prime suspects? When Vogue US put the plug-in to the test, there were six terms that stuck out in particular: “sorry”, “just”, “I think”, “this might be a stupid question”, “I may be wrong” and “if this makes sense”.
In short, it looks like uncertainty teamed with good ol’ British manners may actually be hindering our opportunities to grow in the workplace.
We’re not saying barking your orders at the innocent receiver on the other end is the way to go about it, rather that being a little more assertive is almost guaranteed to work in your favour. (If you can’t take our word for it, Tami is cold hard proof that it will get you far).
“We had all inadvertently fallen prey to a cultural communication pattern that undermined our ideas,” wrote Ms Reiss in an essay on Medium. “We run business and lead terms – why aren’t we writing with the confidence of (those) positions?”
Easier said than done, we know – which is why the news of ‘Just Not Sorry’ comes as music to our ears.
In fact, it couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve downloaded the plug-in, all the prohibited words and phrases will be underlined in red, while it’ll be up to you to find a less self-sabotaging way of expressing yourself. Add to that a little more backbone and you’ll be well on your way to a serious career boost.
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