Flashcards in Good grammar and spelling and etiquette for written communication Deck (12)
What is communication?
The means by which information or instructions are exchanged
When is communication successful?
Successful communication occurs when the received meaning is the same as the transmitted meaning
This is where good grammar and correct spelling are key
What can poor communication lead to?
Poor communication can lead to:
o misunderstood requirements
o unclear goals
o alienation of stakeholders
o ineffective plans
o other factors that will cause a project, programme or portfolio to fail
What is a communication management plan?
Used in projects, programmes and portfolios
Spells out what needs to be communicated: why, how, when and to whom
o Stakeholder of interest
o Content (strategy meetings, reports, budgets etc.?)
o Media (face to face meetings, emails, conference call?)
o When (fortnightly, weekly?)
o Desired outcome
o Responsible (PM, party 1, party 2?)
What language should be used when communicating?
Language should be neutral, clear, objective and avoid unnecessary emotive terms
But, there may be occasions where appropriate emotion and associated delivery mechanisms such as body language can generate a specific, desired effect
Why are grammar and spelling important?
o first impressions matter
o good reputation
o avoid miscommunication and misunderstanding
o make your communications more effective
o reduce the risk of costly lawsuits
o keep your business’ competitive edge
What are some communication standards that organisations might hold?
These should be exploited to the full
- email signatures
- letter headed templates
- valuation report templates
What etiquette should be considered when writing emails?
Be appropriately formal when writing emails
Avoid using emoticons
Think through the purpose of your email before you begin writing
Edit and proofread carefully! Check your spelling.
Use complete sentences
Capitalise and punctuate properly
Assume that any message you send is permanent
Be wary of humour or sarcasm
What are some recommended ‘netiquette’ (etiquette practices for the electronic environment) practices?
Do not use different types of fonts, colours, clip art and other graphics in email
Do not key the message in all uppercase letters
Avoid sending messages when you are angry
Answer emails promptly
What ethics should be considered when writing emails??
Ethics in emails means that you do not misuse the organisations email system
Do not send personal email from your office computer
Do not use email to berate or reprimand any employee
Do not use email to terminate someone’s employment
Do not use email to send information that might involve legal action
What etiquette should be considered when writing letters?
Before you begin to write a letter, you must determine the basic purpose for writing (think of the types of letters)
Edit, proofread and format (spellcheck / thesaurus etc)