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February 18, 2012

OMG I’m a Rambler!

by LimebirdRaven

When did that happen?  I have always prided myself on brevity–even sometimes to a fault, maybe.  I’ve just never seen a need for long emails or papers or what have you when a short one would do.  A coworker of mine, for example, tends to have a minimum of 3-4 paragraphs in each email she sends.  I personally never do more than skim her emails because she rambles so much.  I’ve heard that others do the same with her emails, reading only a paragraph or so and then skimming the rest if it applied to them.

Why bother?  Why waste the time if nobody is going to read it?  Another example from work is our lengthy email confirming software upgrade schedules.  None of the clients read them!  What a waste!  I have to spend my time repeating half of what is in that email for most of the clients I work with.  Given these examples, why not be brief?  If further clarification is needed, the client can certainly reply to the email or call to ask questions, right?  They’re going to do so anyways, so why waste the time and effort with such a detailed email?

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