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What Is Etiquette For Online Business Communication?

Dec 29, 2007
Have you ever wondered if what you know about etiquette for online business communication is accurate? Consider the following paragraphs and compare what you know to the latest info on etiquette for online business communication.

Etiquette for online business is virtually the same it is for offline business:

* always be polite
* show respect
* listen/read intently
* go out of your way to satisfy any and all customers' needs
* never fabricate information to mislead or suit one's own business interests
* be willing to negotiate

These are no-brainers although, unfortunately many of those involved in business (both those who run businesses and the general public) do not always follow them. This is either because they do not know, misinterpret or simple do not care. In the end however, despite desperation or personal gain, using appropriate behavior will always ensure better service and reception.

If you don't have accurate details regarding etiquette for online business communication, then you might make a bad choice on the subject. Don't let that happen: keep reading.

Of the most important and critical forms of business etiquette is that of communication. How, when, where, for what reasons and the identity of those with whom one interacts all play a significant part in which practices one uses through communication.

Of course, one should always be polite. This rule is universal and absolute (probably one of the few 'absolutes' there is in the business or any other type of social interaction). Being polite means that you care about servicing, not to mention looking professional, to the other person involved in the transaction. Politeness is the true sign of a civilized mind. This makes others feel comfortable and even draws their interest into the venture and maintains it throughout the duration of the said transaction. It also reflects respect for that other person. Without a doubt, politeness and respect are indeed most important and non-disputable. These are both virtual laws to be obeyed by everyone at all times!

Another aspect of good etiquette involved in online communication is promptness. Constant and forthright recognition and response shows a respect for the other person's time .Yes, busy schedules sometimes make it difficult to get back to others right away. This is why proper pacing is essential in public relations of all kinds, whether involving shoppers, potential clients who would provide sponsorship, colleagues, executive personnel or those in the legal field. All of these deserve timely responses. A term of three business days is the acceptable amount of time in which to reply to anyone.

One exception is the no-reply. A good example would be in the context of when one applies for a job. As much as many people dislike it, employers quite frequently do not respond when they are not interested in hiring an applicant. Job seekers, however, are encouraged to send out follow ups within two weeks to thirty days of the submission of application to show ongoing interest. If, however, an applicant still doesn't receive a respond from an employer, s/he should not follow up further and move on.

In the end, communication etiquette is critical for everyone to know and practice. It could mean the difference between failure and success.

Now might be a good time to write down the main points covered above. The act of putting it down on paper will help you remember what's important about etiquette for online business communication.
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