Business Letters / December 2, 2018 / Malinda Cobb
When in doubt don t risk embarrassment; phone the organization concerned and ask. Some people borrow an awful technique from email and use a person s whole name in the salutation e.g. "Dear Suzan St Maur." I don t know about you but this irritates the h*ll out of me and I would not recommend it. So when your letter is addressed to "Mr J C Jennings" your salutation is "Dear Mr Jennings." If the information you have is simply "Joanna C Jennings" you can probably take a chance and write a salutation of "Dear Ms Jennings." I don t know many male Joannas but don t count on it... Writing business letters is a skill that a person should have since it involves creating formal correspondences concerning your company product or service.
A business letter aims to make the reader understand your message and get them to do what you need them to do. It can convince someone to do what you want be it buying your product or service create a decision in your favor or agree to do business with you. This is why these letters should be written carefully. Here are some tips on writing effective business letters: Keep It As Short and Concise As Possible Lengthy letters are a no-no unless totally necessary. This can be quite tricky since you have to talk about business stuff but do your best to get rid of unnecessary fillers. After writing your first draft decide which portions you can remove without compromising the message of your letter. Avoid using flowery words that aim to lengthen your letter.
They have a deep mistrust of email and for good reason as its confidentiality can never be guaranteed. Business letters are at least fairly private - you have to assume it s easier and faster to snoop on email than it is to steam envelopes open over boiling water. In other instances too printed letters provide a more tamper-proof formal record of business arrangements complaints employee warnings/terminations and other issues that need to be carved into tablets of stone. (Well paper anyway.) Old fashioned structure modern style Highlighted and ridiculed by the casual nature of email the quaint formality of the old fashioned business letter seems positively Dickensian and totally inappropriate for the way we do business now.