Learn to e-mail better

How well do you e-mail?

A few weeks ago I came across a simple, intuitive but worthwhile post on Seth Godin’s blog – an e-mail checklist.

I send lots of e-mails. In searching for a new job, in looking for interviews, in sending pitches for freelance stories.

So, I am immediately incorporating a few of Godin’s points into my style and thought they might help you, too – regardless of profession. I have some thoughts myself.

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Your life as a press release

Last month I posted about my fulfilling internship with the Philadelphia Business Journal from the spring. Then I offered advice about attracting attention to your press releases.

I got some great clips there and learned more about newsroom dynamics, but I also got a taste of nine to five life. Business reporting didn’t get me out of the office much, and most often I was pouring over hundreds of those press releases and choosing one each week to profile.

I remember thinking then and came about it again. Is my life worth profiling, chosen by some idiot 22-year-old intern?

I’m scared of the answer.

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Budget debate can wait for Taps, okay?

The press release of the day, filling your desire for the perhaps ridiculous nature of PR. I am going to sit in the State Capitol over July 4th and beyond and this is what we’re focusing on…

House approves Lentz resolution urging schools to teach Taps

HARRISBURG, July 3 – The House of Representatives adopted a resolution (H.R. 803) Tuesday introduced by state Rep. Bryan Lentz, D-Delaware, urging the state secretary of Education to direct Pennsylvania school districts to provide training in the playing of Taps.
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Press release of the day: new bathrooms

Anyone bored in Philadelphia tomorrow morning, there is only one place to go. Check out this press release that just came through here in the State Capitol newsroom here in Harrisburg, Pa.

School District of Philadelphia: Overbrook High School unveils improved restroom facilities.

Text of June 5 media advisory.

PHILADELPHIA — School District of Philadelphia officials today announced Ethelyn Young, Principal, Overbrook High School will unveil improved restroom facilities previously visited by Dr. Arlene Ackerman, newly appointed Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, on Friday, June 6, 2008 at 8:30 a.m., 5898 Lancaster Ave., 1st floor.

The District’s operations, facilities, and maintenance teams began work on Tuesday, June 4th to quickly address facilities issues and provide students with basic restroom amenities.

WHO: Ethelyn Young, Principal, Overbrook High School

WHAT: Overbrook High School, Unveils of Improved Restroom Facilities,

WHEN: Friday, June 6, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Overbrook High School, 5898 Lancaster Ave., 1st floor.

Please be advised that Dr. Ackerman will NOT be at Overbrook High School that day.

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