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ByEmail Whisperer
A businessman holding a tablet next to a group of professionals
Email can help many different people communicate for many different reasons. Sometimes it’s used by friends trying to stay in touch, sometimes it’s used by family members, and often times it’s used by professionals in a business setting. Though you may be able to write to a friend or family member ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Woman at computer with a disapproving expression on her face.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: communication is key. When you’re writing an email, no matter how short or long and no matter to whom it’s addressed, you’re writing with a purpose. That purpose is to say something and to have it be understood. Email can be a great tool for ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Two sets of hands looking at feedback on a tablet.
Sometimes we just have to send a negative email. It could be because an employee failed to perform a task correctly, a contractor didn’t live up to expectations, a coworker didn’t finish a project, or any number of other reasons. It’s not very pleasant, but it’s inevitable that at some point we& ...
ByEmail Whisperer
An angry young professional surrounded by crumpled papers at a desk.
We’ve all been there. That moment when a coworker has done something unbelievably stupid. That feeling when a boss has forgotten about a vacation request. That experience when a customer is angry over something completely beyond our control and venting his rage at us. There are many times when we our acquainta ...
ByEmail Whisperer
A young man typing an email on a laptop.
There are few things in life that are as frustrating as sending out a message and waiting for a response, only to never hear back from the person you’re trying to reach. Whether it’s a voicemail, a text message, or an email, it can be absolutely infuriating to wait patiently for an answer that never comes. ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Festive fireworks behind the phrase “Happy New Year.”
December is winding down and before long we’ll be ringing in the new year. People will gather in cities all around the world, counting down as balls drop, fireworks launch, and a whole lot of loud cheering rings out into the midnight air. It’s a time of celebration and reflection, full of hope for what the ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Santa Claus writing an email on a laptop.
Around this time of year it feels like everyone is caught up in the holiday craze. Hanukkah has begun, Christmas is almost here, New Year’s is just around the corner, and there are other December holidays to be enjoyed too. With so much to celebrate, and so many people trying to finish their holiday shopping, it ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Sign posts labeled “affect” and “effect” pointing in opposite directions.
One of the most difficult pairs of words for English learners to master is “affect” and “effect.” These two words don’t just sound similar and look similar, they also have very similar meanings which makes it even harder to know when to use one and when to use the other. Even seasoned wr ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Woman writing email on laptop with notepads and cellphone on desk.
Email etiquette can be tough to grasp and harder to master. Whether you’re trying to decide the best way to start an email or struggling to come up with an appropriate conclusion, finding the right balance in a platform that can walk the line between formal and casual conversation is a little daunt ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Man slapping face in embarrassment.
If you’re reading this blog it’s probably because you, like most Internet users, have at least one email address. It might be a personal address or a business address, but either way it can be used to stay in touch with your coworkers, employers, customers, family, friends, and other important people in you ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Man in suit and glasses typing intently on tablet.
Email is a fantastic form of communication that can be as easily adapted to quick back-and-forth conversations as long, detailed explanations. While you could, in theory, write an email that’s as short and casual as a text to your best friend or as long and formal as a legal document, most of your emails are prob ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Several people holding different mobile devices.
There’s a reason we call those little portable phones we carry everywhere “smartphones,” and it’s because they’re loaded with features that make them a heck of a lot smarter than our old cell phones. These tiny devices all pack the power of a computer behind their touchscreens, letting us ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Cartoon businessman with a checklist.
Email is a very versatile tool, perfectly suited for both short and longform communication. You may often find that your emails are so brief that they could fit on a sticky note, while other times they run so long they could pass for a research paper. When writing a longer message it’s important not to lose ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Happy woman says “Thank You” in multiple languages.
Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it?” It’s a common adage that means the way you communicate can be even more important than what you’re actually trying to say.This can be interpreted in a couple ways: firstly, that you need to wr ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Man in suit typing “Hello!” into smartphone
Starting a conversation can be tough, especially if you’re trying to grab the attention of someone who isn’t expecting to receive an email from you. People are inundated with important communications and spam emails alike, so if you want to draw your readers in you should avoid doing anything that will make ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Cartoon of employee at computer being scolded by boss.
Email is used for a lot of purposes ranging from newsletters and marketing promotions to personal communications and frivolous spam. Your work email, however, should always be used for work-related purposes, and you should maintain a proper tone when using it. One of the worst things you could do is to send an unp ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Handwritten note stating “I hope the guy who invented Autocorrect burns in Hello!”
Phones sure have evolved tremendously over the decades. Some of us remember when we used to have to dial numbers on a rotary, and the novelty of having cordless phone in the home. Now we not only have cellular phones that can go anywhere, we have smartphones that seem like they can do almost anything.In fact, a lot of ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Proofreading checklist with checks next to the words “Spelling, Grammar,  Accuracy.”
Poor grammar is everywhere these days. From chat apps to text messages, there are plenty of communication tools that have encouraged people to type quickly rather than clearly, and this has brought to our lives an abundance of misspellings, sentence fragments, and auto-corrections that aren’t actually correct.If ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Woman looking at notebooks and laptop.
Homophones, or words that sound the same but have different meanings, make for a great deal of confusion for many people when writing in English. There are numerous homophones in the language, but some are extra troublesome because of how often we use those particular words. “Two,” “too,” and &l ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Thinking man surrounded by question marks.
One of the most difficult parts about writing in English is dealing with homophones–words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. You’d don’t need to know how to spell these words when you’re speaking to someone, but when it comes to writing knowing which wo ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Chalkboard with Henry Ford quote: “Whether you think you can or you can’t - you’re right.”
Since you’re on this page, the difference between “you’re” and “your” is probably one of your biggest questions on the English language. The technical explanation is that “your” is the second person possessive adjective, while “you’re” is a contraction w ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Business Woman Tapping Email Icon
Let’s face it, no matter how important what you have to say may be the fact is that you’re in constant competition for your audience’s attention. Whether it be social media and phone apps or emails from other companies, it can be tough to get your target audience’s focus long enough for them to ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Flat cartoon of email reaching a diverse audience
It’s said that communication is key, but there can’t be communication where there is no conversation. While the ever-evolving world of mobile technology has continuously seen new social media platforms and apps rise to and fall from prominence, there is one electronic tool that has stayed relevant to both t ...
ByEmail Whisperer
Flat cartoon of email icons entering a mailbox
English is one of the most commonly spoken languages on the planet, with hundreds of millions of native speakers and hundreds of millions more who speak it as a second language. From England’s history of colonization to the United States’ enduring position on the world stage, the language has had an opportu ...