Formal vs. Informal Emails

Learn the etiquette rules regarding formal vs. informal emails from manners expert Faye de Muyshondt in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Faye de Muyshondt with Social Sklz, here to teach you the difference between formal and informal email. While I was teaching at New York University, I realized it was an extremely important lesson to talk to my students about what constitutes a formal versus an informal email and when we showed and shouldn't use formal emails, when we're reaching out to people. When you write a formal email, think about writing a formal letter to someone. So, you want to use the salutation dear so-and-so if it's a professor or if it's a, someone with a special title, you'd want to use those special titles and as you write the email, it should be in proper paragraph form, there should be no abbreviations at all whatsoever. The body of the email should be really well, just as you would write a letter to someone like I said. So, there shouldn't be any abbreviations, no slang, no acronyms and as you finish your email, you want to make sure that you properly sign off with your first and your last name. Another really important note is that you use the subject line. So, don't leave the subject blank because receiving an email from someone without a subject line is an email that might go unread.

So, include a subject on it, whether it be, thank you, whether it be checking the status of whatever it is you are checking the status of. Make sure that you include a subject line. A formal email never includes things like hey, what's up, what's going on, you want to make sure that you are as formal as possible. So, it's dear, Mr such and such or Miss such and such. You want to keep a paragraph format. You want to use correct punctuation is and grammar and you want to make sure that you sign off. So, sign off with the appropriate sign off. Signed regards from, yours sincerely, yours truly and be sure to include your first and last name. So those are just a few tips on formal versus informal emails.

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