12Step Into the Straight-Shooter Style

Certain people at work always have their eyes on the prize and know exactly what they want and how they want to get there. These results-oriented individuals like to win and don’t like to waste time mincing words. Their e-mail style can be described as a Straight Shooter. Often feeling overwhelmed by work, the writer with this style:

• Gets to the point quickly.

• Makes direct requests.

• Uses forceful language.

• May pressure you to act quickly.

• Can be abrupt in tone.

• Does not invite feedback or discussion.

Consider this typical Straight Shooter-style e-mail.

Subject: Holiday Client GiftsFrom: Jim ArrowDate: November 20To: Sales Team

Dear Sales Team:

I understand that some of you are planning on giving ...

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