In the hectic world of business, it’s remarkably easy to just dash off a document or email and expect spell-check to catch all of our errors. It’s a trend that is growing, and it’s unfortunate for all who follow it.

What we need to remember is that our correspondence represents who we are and what we say. An email full of spelling errors is really no different than someone who is dressed in a sloppy fashion. While they might be generally ok, you wouldn’t trust them with your money. You will be judged based on what you say. Yes, perhaps spell-check has mis-corrected one of your words, or perhaps you just got busy, but you basically just said that whomever you are corresponding with is not worth the time to check an email. It reflects poorly upon you and your intelligence.

So, take a few extra seconds and re-read what you plan on sending. It’s not much time out of your day, and it will make you look better. Like polishing your shoes, it’s a tiny thing, but one that says a lot about you.

Originally posted on May 20, 2006 @ 12:18 am


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