Tips for effective Email use

Tips for effective Email use

Email has become the top method of communication in the workforce. Reasons for emails vary from business correspondences to personal messages.

They can be as short as one word and as long as a novella, but that does not mean that these are all appropriate or even effective.

If you have access to this method of communication in the office, then it is necessary to learn how to effectively use email at work.

Worldwide email use continues to grow at a healthy pace. In 2015, the number of worldwide email users will be nearly 2.6 billion. By the end of 2019, the number of worldwide email users will increase to over 2.9 billion.

Over one-third of the worldwide population will be using email by year-end 2019 and this is forecasted to increase over the next five years.

In 2015, the number of emails sent and received per day total over 205 billion, reaching over 250 billion by the end of 2020.

Despite the growth and prominence of mobile messengers and chat apps, e-mail is an integral part of daily online life.

In 2018, the number of global e-mail users amounted to 3.8 billion and is set to grow to 4.4 billion users in 2023.

Around 281 billion emails were sent and received each day in 2018, the figure is expected to increase to over 347 billion daily mails in 2022.

So, if you are struggling to manage your emails today, then things are set to get even worse for you.

With this in mind, is it time for change?

With the average worker spending 13 hours a week dealing with emails, businesses are potentially losing up to 28% of work time to managing email.

Listen to this podcast where we give some effective tips to manage emails and to reduce the number of emails you receive on a daily basis.

Writing effective emails

Writing effective emails

Historically, the term electronic mail was used generically for any electronic document transmission. For example, several writers in the early 1970s used the term to refer to fax document transmission.

As a result, it is difficult to find the first citation for the use of the term with the more specific meaning it has today.

Electronic mail has been most commonly called email or e-mail since around 1993, but variations of the spelling have been used:

Computer-based mail and messaging became possible with the advent of time-sharing computers in the early 1960s, and informal methods of using shared files to pass messages were soon expanded into the first mail systems.

Most developers of early mainframes and minicomputers developed similar, but generally incompatible, mail applications. Over time, a complex web of gateways and routing systems linked many of them.

Many US universities were part of the ARPANET, created in the late 1960s. 

In 1971 the first ARPANET network email was sent, introducing the now-familiar address syntax with the ‘@’ symbol designating the user’s system address.

The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) protocol was introduced in 1981.

The problem with email is that we all use it, but sometimes we do not use it as effectively as we could or should.

In this podcast we respond to questions written by our listeners as we talk about some ways to improve your email writing and usage.

If you have things that you would like us to address in a podcast, please either wend them in the comments, the contact form or the request for on the front page.

15 key business words to improve score in an English language exam

15 key business words to improve score in an English language exam

15 key business words to improve score in an English language exam

15 key business words to improve score in an English language exam – Do you need to take the TOEIC®, BULATS® or TOEFL® exam ?

Much of the vocabulary in these tests comes up time and time again, so it’s a good tactic to focus on these words before moving on to others. Test your knowledge of 15 key words to get a head start.

What is the TOEIC® test ? These tests are specifically created to assess the ability to use English in real-life work situations. In addition, the test design ensures that scores can be accurately compared between candidates around the globe.The TOEIC Listening and Reading test is a paper-and-pencil, multiple-choice assessment. There are two timed sections of 100 questions each. Test takers listen and read in English and give their responses to the questions. The test focuses on everyday life and work activity.

What is the BULATS® test? This test is an online tool that assesses English language skills for business, industry and commerce. It is designed to help candidates develop workplace vocabulary which will help them become confident in communicating in international business environments.The test is administered through our network of authorised BULATS agents around the world.

What is the TOEFL® exam ? The TOEFL iBT test measures ability to use and understand English at university level. And it evaluates reading, listening, speaking and writing skills to perform academic tasks.The TOEFL iBT® test, delivered via the internet, is an important step to studying in an English-speaking country.

15 words all business students should know to pass exams

Exams, exams, exams ! 

Sometimes the questions in business language exams can be tricky, but you can get an advantage by learning these 15 key words which are frequently used. 

FIND THE SENTENCE WHICH BEST CORRESPONDS TO THE PICTURE.  

And of course, by learning ALL the words in capital letters you will be able to expand your word bank by even more than 15 key words.

Try this for fun

What happens when you reply to spam emails?

What happens when you reply to spam emails?

Have you ever received spam mail ? Do you just delete spam mail or are you tempted to reply ?

See what happens when a British comedian replied to an intriguing spam mail offering to make him rich. 

For language learners:  this clip shows the exchange of emails so you can read the mails and make a note of any vocabulary you find useful and interesting. 

Start up to stand up

Start up to stand up

Start up to stand up

Start up to stand up

Start up to stand up a good way of thinking about the process of getting a start up off the ground.

Today we talk to Ahmed who has created a start up global business network.

Start up to stand up talks about the ideas, the challenges and the process of helping start ups to succeed.

startup company (startup or start-up) is an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-growing business that aims to meet a marketplace need by developing or offering an innovative product, process or service.

A startup is usually a company such as a small business, a partnership or an organization designed to rapidly develop a scalable business model.

Startup companies can come in all forms and sizes.

Some of the critical tasks are to build a co-founder team to secure key skills, know-how, financial resources and other elements to conduct research on the target market.

Typically, a startup will begin by building a first minimum viable product (MVP), a prototype, to validate, assess and develop the new ideas or business concepts. In addition, startups founders do research to deepen their understanding of the ideas, technologies or business concepts and their commercial potential.

A Shareholders’ agreement (SHA) is often agreed early on to confirm the commitment, ownership and contributions of the founders and investors and to deal with the intellectual properties and assets that may be generated by the startup.

Business models for startups are generally found via a “bottom-up” or “top-down” approach.

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

The single biggest reason why startups succeed

What do you think is The single biggest reason why startups succeed ?

Bill Gross has founded a lot of startups, and incubated many others — and he got curious about why some succeeded and others failed.

So he gathered data from hundreds of companies, his own and other people’s, and ranked each company on five key factors.

He found one factor that stands out from the others — and surprised even him.

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