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How to reply to an email with bad news

Don’t Beat Around the Bush • When delivering bad news over email, it’s important not to beat around the bush. Get right to the point in the first paragraph by clearly stating the bad news. Drawing things out or hiding the news in the body of the email just makes

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How to reply to a humorous email while maintaining professionalism

Keep it Light While Staying Professional • When responding to a humorous email, it’s important to maintain professionalism while also keeping things light. Laugh along when appropriate, but don’t get too silly or informal. • Use humor judiciously. Sprinkle in some appropriate jokes or witty remarks to show you appreciate

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How to reply to a sarcastic email without getting defensive

Don’t Take it Personally • When receiving a sarcastic email, it’s important not to take it personally. The sender may be having a bad day or dealing with other issues. Assume positive intent and don’t let it get to you. Take a Breath Before Responding • It’s easy to fire

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How to reply to a condescending email professionally

Don’t Take it Personally • When receiving a condescending email, it’s important not to take it personally. Remind yourself that the tone likely says more about the sender than it does about you or your work. Take a Breath Before Responding • It’s natural to feel defensive or angry when

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How to reply to a critical email constructively

Stay Calm and Respond Thoughtfully • When receiving a critical email, it’s important to not react emotionally. Take a few deep breaths and give yourself time to process the feedback before responding. React thoughtfully, not impulsively. Understand the Context • Before crafting your response, make sure you fully understand the

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How to reply to a negative email with a positive tone

Stay Positive When Responding to Negative Emails • When receiving a negative or critical email, avoid reacting hastily. Take a deep breath and don’t reply immediately. Give yourself time to process the email and respond thoughtfully. • Seek to understand where the other person is coming from. Try to have

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How to reply to a request for a letter of recommendation

Understanding the Request • When someone asks you to write a letter of recommendation, it’s important to understand exactly what they need and why they asked you. Take time to have a conversation with them about the details of the request. Gather the Necessary Information • Make sure you get

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How to reply to a job rejection email

Don’t Take It Personally • When you get a job rejection email, it’s easy to feel like you’re being personally rejected. But try not to take it that way. The company is rejecting your application, not you as a person. Remind yourself that you have value beyond any one job.

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