In the military, a poorly formatted email may be the difference between mission accomplished and mission failure. During my active duty service, I learned how to structure emails to maximize a mission’s chances for success. Since returning from duty, I have applied these lessons to emails that I write for my corporate job, and my missives have consequently become crisper and cleaner, eliciting quicker and higher-quality responses from colleagues and clients. Here are three of the main tips I learned on how to format your emails with military precision:
1. Subjects with keywords.
2. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF).
3. Be economical.
By adopting military email etiquette, you will introduce a kernel of clarity to your correspondence and that of your colleagues and clients.