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Funny thing, as I’m emailing at work, and under pressure, sometimes I feel the need to make a quick smart reply to an email I think is obvious or something to ensure that the person knows I didn’t do anything wrong, or whatever. Excuses, smart aleck replies, I’m bad at that. I’m always in a rush to keep the information flowing, to stay on top of things and to cover my butt.. you know how work can be 😛  Lately, I’ve been replying less, if it doesn’t require a reply, I just let it be. It causes less frustration, less traffic, and gives me a chance to think about a response before just blurting something into an email and out. The ‘christian’ attitude is to be patient, slow to anger, and slow to speak. See verse below, so thats really what I’m trying to do.  Often, you’ll indeed look more intelligent if you just don’t respond to emails which may be trying to egg you on, or rile you up – not that I get emails like that at work.. its just that its a faster paced environment.

James 1:19 – Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

At work, I need to remember who my boss is and who my ultimate boss is and whether or not I appreciate every little thing that occurs, I need to honour my boss as much as I can and in so doing, I honour God.

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2 thoughts on “being a smart aleck

  1. I hear that. At work I really consider a lot more than I used to before replying to an email. I ask myself is my reply really needed and/or helpful. In some situations I find CC’ing somebody else helpful to avoid saying something you wouldn’t want that CC person knowing you said (helps keep things safe for you). I’m somewhat of a perfectionist and very stubborn. There are a million and one things I think of at work every day that I want to bring up but I stifle myself not because it’s not valuable but because I can’t usually win at that point in time. So I just go about my business rest assured it’ll come up at some point in the future (preferably when I have the authority to do something about it). The most important thing is to look out for #1. If it doesn’t look good on you to send something out, in any way, shape or form, I reconsider sending it.

  2. The other thing that keeps coming up and that everyone has to keep in mind is that the tone of your email never comes across exactly as you intended it. So if you are being a little bit rushed or inconsiderate it comes across magnified even more. So you have to lean even further on the side of courteous. There’s a great Six Cs of Writing I learned in college: http://me.selah.ca/pub/6-Cs-of-writing.txt. I think of it each time I write an email and it’s definitely helped me out. Three Cs are probably the most important: Courteous, Concise, Complete. Remembering to communicate in a friendly manner and in a professional manner will definitely help you in your career. More so than a lot of other “hard” skills or virtues.

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