Category: Dear Cass

Dear Cass: How to write more assertively

Dear Cass: How to write more assertively

Dear Cass,

I like to have things in front of me. If things are in files or tucked away in folders, I forget they exist: out of sight, out of mind for me.

Therefore, I’m one of those people whose cubicle is full of interesting and useful printouts pinned up haphazardly. It looks like an absolute mess, but when there’s nothing up, I feel like I’m in someone else’s cubicle.

I have best times of day to post social media content, House of Commons and Supreme Court calendars for 2019, shortcuts for French accents on PC, and a blog post by Seth Godin about being a creator that feels poetic and makes me feel inspired when I look at it. I also have a few phone numbers and an acronym for improving writing (PANDA).

Today’s newest addition is one you might like too (maybe not for your cubicle, if you don’t decorate like a teenage girl postering her locker).

Maybe you suffer from this thing too, where you end up writing things that don’t sound confident even when you are confident (or at least, when you’d like to project more confidence). I don’t want to be brusque or robotic in my emails, and I know the written word can be misinterpreted. As a result, I feel something almost like up-talk sneaking into my email writing.

This handy graphic is just a nice little guide for writing stronger, more assertive emails.

Write more clearly