Outlook 2007 Best Practices: Write great e-mail

June 22, 2010

email logoMelissa MacBeth, a Lead program Manager in the Office product group at Microsoft wrote a great article with useful Do’s and Dont’s about e-mail.

Below is an excerpt from her article. To read Melissa’s complete list of very good tips click here.

The dos

The following rules will help you look professional and get your message across.

  1. Read your message before you send it.
  2. Make your subject descriptive and action-oriented. For example: “UCEF: Please send your Board Retreat Dates,” where UCEF is the name of the group, and “Please send…” is the action. Other useful prefixes include “FYI:” and “Action Required.”
  3. If action is required, state what you want on the Subject line.
  4. Change the subject of the message if the topic of the conversation changes.
  5. Keep all messages short and to the point.
  6. Organize the content of your message from most important to least.
  7. Consider bolding important information.
  8. Put action items or questions on separate lines so that they stand out and get noticed.
  9. Bold people’s names when asking questions. For example: “Ryan: What is the status of the project?”
  10. Limit the number of people to whom you send a message to those who need to read it.
  • Put people who need to be informed on the Cc line.
  • Put people who need to respond or take action on the To line.

There are many more tips in the original article. To read Melissa’s complete list of very good tips click here.

Social Media Revolution Video – Long Version

May 4, 2010

We had a request for the long version of the Social Media Revolution Video, so here it is,

and I am including this other video with some other fresh stats on social media.

Thank you Windermere West Linn!

April 13, 2010

We appreciate the warm welcome for today’s Art of Negotiation class. Thanks for the great participation. We are looking forward to bringing you part 2!

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Symantec’s Norton Rates Cities For Cybercrime Risk

March 26, 2010

Norton LogoIn a recent article published in InformationWeek, Portland, OR ranked # 10 in the list of cities most at risk for cyber crime. Not a surprise since we are, after all the Silicon Forest, and we have a higher percentage of citizen participating in online activities.

Symantec’s Norton Rates Cities For Cybercrime Risk | Security | InformationWeek SMB.

Also here is a link to the iC3 2009 Annual Report on Internet Crime. http://www.ic3.gov/media/2010/100312.aspx Interesting read also.

Take the look at the sources at tell me what you think.

Jim Ogan at Coldwell Banker BSSP. 1031 Exchange class

March 19, 2010

We had a great class today. The agents at CBBSSP were amazing. We appreciate the warm welcome.

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Just joined posterous.com

November 3, 2009

I have to figure out how to use it now. The concept sounds good. We will see.

Carve a virtual pumpkin.

October 30, 2009

It is getting to be Halloween. Why not carve a virtual pumpkin for someone you love and send it as an e-card.


Click on the picture to carve a pumpkin

Follow this link and in a minute you can create and send  a cute carved pumpkin. Let us know how you did.

Have a happy and safe Halloween.

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