In Email, Emojis Aren’t for Everyone

26. January 2017

The rise in digital communications, and the use of technologies such as email in both personal and professional capacities, can blur the lines of etiquette. When it comes to the do's and don'ts of e-communication—especially when emailing with colleagues or clients—consider turning to an article shared by Jacquelyn Smith of Business Insider.

Smith's helpful email etiquette guide, titled, "17 Rules of Email Etiquette you Need to Know," was concocted with the help of Barbara Pachter, a career coach and published author on topics such as business etiquette. Many of the 17 rules Smith and Pachter lay down are generally common sense for modern email etiquette. Yet they serve as useful reminders.

For instance, most people know to use a professional email address (instead of something along the lines of labrat123@sciencerules.com). But lesser-known rules are also noted on the list, such as the belief that all emails should be replied to—even if you weren't the intended recipient. Pachter says that this often overlooked courtesy “serves as good email etiquette, especially if this person works in the same company or industry as you.”

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Conquer Social Anxiety One Conference Reception at a Time

18. October 2016

With the autumn meeting and conference schedule in full swing, the air is frequently buzzing with new scientific advances and applications. The plenaries and panel talks are invigorating and inspiring. Then come the anticipated, yet dreaded, cocktail hours and receptions.

A great opportunity to engage in further discussion and to forge new connections for future collaborations, the social aspects of conferences are also a huge source of anxiety for some. Although attendance isn't mandatory, many people feel pressured to attend - and, once there, are awkward and unsure of themselves, marveling at the conversational ease displayed by the extrovert in the center of the room.

If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. While there is no instant cure for social anxiety, Forbes contributor Megan Bruneau has 5 Hacks For Overcoming Social Anxiety and Networking Like a Pro that you can begin implementing today. Don't be discouraged or skeptical of the beginning step, "Change Your Relationship to Anxiety" (as if you need help being aware of it!). The small steps advised in the article center mostly around mental preparation, like remembering that anxious thoughts are not "objective truths." We found that what's in this resource can be applied to many other aspects of life, not just large scientific conferences.        

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