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    Business etiquette

    In addressing a letter from business to business, I was advised many years ago that it should be addressed as Dear Sirs, even if you are are writing to a female or male in the business. This is UNLESS you know that the CEO or Managing Director is female, then it should be addressed as Dear Madam, even if writing to a male. This was based on the fact that it is the business that you are writing to and not the individual. Is this correct as I am now getting conflicting advise.

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    Re: Business etiquette

    Nowadays we tend to use names when we know them.

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    Re: Business etiquette

    I understand that trends and what people do differs, but I am looking at Etiquette. For example if at dinner, someone sneezes, the etiquette from the individual is not to say anything, no apology, as this brings to attention the fact that they have sneezed.It should be ignored, however trend and tendancy appears to be they apologise, some say bless you. This is not using etiquette correctly.

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    Re: Business etiquette

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaycee View Post
    In addressing a letter from business to business, I was advised many years ago that it should be addressed as Dear Sirs, even if you are are writing to a female or male in the business. This is UNLESS you know that the CEO or Managing Director is female, then it should be addressed as Dear Madam, even if writing to a male. This was based on the fact that it is the business that you are writing to and not the individual. Is this correct as I am now getting conflicting advise.
    Also, the advice is now out-of-date. You need to find out who is going to read the letter, unless writing to a government official, they never read their mail. Nowadays, it's just insulting or comical to use the wrong gender.

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