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I Hate Long Emails

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The “I Hate Long Emails” blog supplements my efforts to rid the world of War & Peace emails, pointless presentations and boring meetings. You will find tips and techniques to attract and audience and keep them. I look forward to hearing from you and responding to you. - Josh Gordesky – President of Game Plan Communications


7 Ways To Refocus A Wandering Mind During Meetings
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/28/2011 at 12:30PM

Do people who check their phones while you’re saying something important bother you? Whether you’re talking with a co-worker or you’re in a meeting with ten other people, those quick checks to emails and text messages have become an annoying and real part of our workplace. We Are Connected To Our Phones In “Tech Distractions For [...]

5 Tips For Discussing Bad Behavior With A Top Performer
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/25/2011 at 11:16AM

Have you listened to a lame excuse for unethical behavior or poor judgment from one of your top performers and wondered, “Am I really hearing what I’m hearing?” You know in your gut that you have to talk with the person, but what do you say and how do you say it? The Detroit Lions’ [...]

Are You Carrying A Co-Worker’s Emotional Baggage?
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/22/2011 at 3:16PM

Airlines are charging more and more for checking bags on most flights. At the office, some people check their emotional baggage for free. When faced with an emotionally charged colleague, you’re placed in a tough spot because you want to help that person while at the same time you need to finish your own stack [...]

6 Common “Spinach In Your Teeth” Email Mistakes
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/21/2011 at 1:20PM

As we move into the holiday season, thank the person who tells you that you have spinach in your teeth before taking the family picture. That person is a real friend. The truth is, we all could use that friend to show us how we can improve our business writing skills. You have probably sent [...]

Do My Comments Make My But — or However — Look Big?
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/18/2011 at 4:59PM

One of the quickest ways to end a brainstorming session is to say, “I like your idea but…” — you can substitute however for the same effect. Nothing good will follow that statement and the world’s most powerful vacuum cleaner just sucked out the positive energy and enthusiasm from everyone in the room, including the person who [...]

Presence Problems When You’re Not Fully Present
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/17/2011 at 12:58PM

In an interview earlier this week, Republican Presidential candidate Herman Cain showed difficulty in giving his opinion about President Obama’s handling of the current situation in Libya. We all have those moments in high pressure situations in which a flurry of competing thoughts collide in our minds like a NASCAR pileup, causing us to give [...]

5 Emotions To Save You From Hitting Send
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/16/2011 at 11:55AM

I wonder if Suffolk University Law Professor Michael Avery wanted all of the attention that he is getting from sending a five-paragraph email to his colleagues? Message Received — By Everyone In this email he stated his reasons against mailing care packages to troops overseas in response to a request from the University to support [...]

Part 1: The Pros of the NBA Commish’s Memo To The Players
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/16/2011 at 11:52AM

Let’s analyze NBA Commisioner David Stern’s memo sent to the players yesterday for strengths in the writing style. Tomorrow I will highlight the memo’s weaknesses. Put aside for a minute the fact that millionaires (NBA players) are fighting with billionaires (NBA owners) over a Fort Knox fortune in the middle of a terrible recession. You can still [...]

Avoiding a Gov Perry Brain Freeze
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/16/2011 at 11:48AM

As a native Texan, I’m sad and embarrassed for Gov Rick Perry and his debate performance on Wednesday. Oy! Check out his brain freeze in mid thought and you’ll see the importance of preparing yourself with notes, practice, and visualizations before you make a presentation: Tell me that didn’t just happen. Here are three points [...]

3 Communication Strategies To Make Your Points Matter
I Hate Long Emails Josh Gordesky 11/08/2011 at 11:11AM

Do you struggle with finding the right words for emails, voicemails, or pitches? You could be burying your main point without realizing it. Here are three communication strategies that you can use today to get your ideas flowing and craft points matter: 1. Cut Five Adjectives or Adverbs From Your Next Message Before sending your next [...]