Dance like no one is watching; email like it’s being read aloud at your deposition — this sentiment was passed along this morning by a colleague. It is good to be periodically reminded to be careful with your business and professional emails:
When [writing emails] creating exhibits for the inevitable law suit consider
- Keep business email professional.
- Write as if your mother were reading over your shoulder.
- Consider the purpose of the communication.
- Consider the audience/recipients of the information (including a judge and jury).
- Be factual; where opinion is called for, identify it as opinion, and make sure that it is germane to the issues; do not give an opinion (e.g., legal) that you are not qualified to give.
- Do not make mean or demeaning references to others.
- Make your point, but avoid extreme emphasis!!!!
- Keep business and personal messages separate.
- Consider how your characterization of the Company and its activities would be perceived by an outsider.