Crazed trying to keep up with the daily word barrage? Speed--not thought--has become the standard, but keep in mind your words live forever and can even land you in hot legal water. I just read a story on CNN that stunned me. In a lawsuit over the diet drug Phen-Fen, some pretty embarrassing emails sent by the Plaintiff were uncovered. One executive’s email read, "Do I have to look forward to spending my waning years writing checks to fat people worried about a silly lung problem?" Need I say more?
Four things to keep in mind when it comes to email:
1. Your emails are never private.
2. Emails are formal business records.
3. Emails last forever.
4. Emails reflect our lack of time--speed does not work in our favor.