I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe that having that little line at the end of your e-mail advertising the fact that you sent that e-mail from your phone excuses you from good spelling and grammar.
Likewise, I don’t believe that poor spelling or grammar in a text message is acceptable.
ESPECIALLY WHEN WE’RE TALKING ABOUT BUSINESS COMMUNICATION.
OK, I get that abbreviations might be necessary in text messages, but that doesn’t mean that full words shouldn’t be spelled correctly or that you should rely on the auto-suggest function to fill in your message for you. Yes, those auto-suggestions might make people laugh, but are you sure they’re not laughing at you?
Presenting yourself as a professional applies to many areas – the way we dress, speak, write, even our handshake. If you’re trying to make a good impression, why would you not check to make sure that:
- your spelling is correct.
- your grammar is good.
- what you wrote made sense.
Oh, and one more thing: if you’re sending a text, don’t assume that the person receiving it know who it’s from. Include your name and even a return phone number, just to make sure.