Things NOT to Include in an Email

Things NOT to Include in an Email

Roger Matus, CEO of InBoxer, Inc. of Concord, Mass. and a well-known commentator on the use of email, IM, and messaging technologies, has posted some great advice from Cataphora CEO Elizabeth Charnock on his Death by Email blog in 10 Things Never To Put In Email.
 
According to the blog, using any of the 10 phrases raises a red flag that practically ensures capturing the attention of e-discovery practitioners. Verboten phrases include: 
  • "I could get into trouble for telling you this, but…"
  • "Delete this email immediately."
  • "I really shouldn't put this in writing."
  • "I don't want to discuss this in e-mail. Please give me a call."
  • "Is this actually legal?"
Of course, this advice isn’t given for the purpose of avoiding liability ~ it’s simply a reminder that if you want to keep private matters private, you shouldn’t use an email to discuss them.