Ways to Start a Great Email

Ways to Start a Great Email

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How to Start Professional Emails

When you're emailing a new business colleague, a possible client, or anyone else at a professional capacity, keep it simple and straightforward.  You will have plenty of opportunities to showcase your sparkling personality as your professional relationship grows. For now, keep everything SFW, using more standard greetings.

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How to Start Professional Emails

Hello Hi Hi There Greetings Salutations Dear [correctly-spelled name] Good morning Good afternoon Good evening

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Casual Email Opening Lines

When you're emailing your work wife or a friend-adjacent co-worker, you may have a little more fun with your greeting.  No, this is not the time to greet with the Budweiser "Wassup?" but it can be a good time to use an exclamation point—and maybe even an emoji? Hey Happy Monday Hi friend Hey [name]

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How to Open An Email to A Group of Professionals

When you're emailing a group on a thread, there are a few salutation options. You may address each person by name—but if you find yourself on a thread with 12 other people, that might not be feasible.  For those situations, use a friendly "Hello all" or "Hello folks!" Veer away from using gendered language when addressing a group of 

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How to Open An Email to A Group of Professionals

professional associates. While the word "guys" or "dudes" may seem harmless to you, it can come across as unprofessional or downright offensive. Hello everyone Dear [name], [name], and [name] Hi everyone Hi all Hello folks! All Dear team

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Silly Email Openings

We have another disclaimer here. Use these email openings for your friends, your family, or for people you know really well. These email greetings won't work for your boss, a new client, or in a cold email. Hey buddy Howdy Hey girl Hey dude Sup? Top of the mornin’ to ya! Yo!

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EMail Openings to Avoid

To play it safe, don't use any of these at work. Most of them are unprofessional, annoying, or antiquated (see: To Whom it May Concern.) Nicknames are okay to use if you have a personal relationship with the person you are emailing—or if they use the nickname in their correspondence. Any greeting wherein you are pressing one letter to show 

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EMail Openings to Avoid

your excitement (see: Hiiiiiiiiii) is—what's a nice word for juvenile? Hiiiiiiiiii Hi [nickname] Hey guys Sup dog? To Whom It May Concern Dear Sir or Madam Wasssupppp Aloha, Hola, Bonjour, etc

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