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    Business communication

    Hello.

    At the beginning I want to say that I am not a racist or a person who show lack of disrespect to a nation.

    I am working with Irish guys so everything I am going to write down here may has something to do with their culture or the persons involved.

    When I write in the letter 'Hello, <her name>. blah.. blah..' she may answer without greeting me, I mean not saying hello, etc. I understand it's all about crazy business schedule these days, but it's not that hard to say hi or hello even if you send not the first letter this day. What would you do if you were in my place? Would you point that out or just don't pay attention to it. I always try to avoid conflicts, saying people how to behave, etc. but I think there are situations when it is necessary to do so. What do you think?

    The negative consequence for me may be that I will start feeling they this person show lack of disrespect to me or even to our team and that is not good for communication as we will soon became hostile.

    Regards, Alex.

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    Re: Business communication

    I would relax if I were you. No disrespect is intended. Lots of people fire off emails, especially on their Blackberrys without "proper" salutations or greetings. I tend to only give a "hello" to someone if it's the first email I have ever sent them.

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    Re: Business communication

    Do you think I need to change my style of writing for this particular case as well.
    I mean, being simple, not ceremonial ?

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    Re: Business communication

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I tend to only give a "hello" to someone if it's the first email I have ever sent them.
    The first email being sent on some day or the first email at all ?

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    Re: Business communication

    You are free to write in whatever style you feel comfortable with. Certainly, if you match their style no one would accuse you of being disrespectful. On the other hand, if you feel better maintaining some formality, that's OK, too.

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    Re: Business communication

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    The first email being sent on some day or the first email at all ?
    At all. Unless it's been a long time since I have corresponded. I do tend to act a little more formal with foreigners.

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    Re: Business communication

    By the way the other member writes 'Hi, Sir' that also sounds unusual to me as those are two different words in that the first is informal while the second isn't. It is the first time I have seen such a combination.

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    Re: Business communication

    So many people are using their iPhone or other smart phones for e-mai these days that most salutations have disappeared. When I'm at my desk, using my computer, I usually do use salutations when I'm starting the e-mail, but I often omit them when responding. When I use my phone to create the e-mail, I may omit the salutation as well. Do not let this bother you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: Business communication

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    By the way the other member writes 'Hi, Sir' that also sounds unusual to me as those are two different words in that the first is informal while the second isn't. It is the first time I have seen such a combination.
    "Hi, Sir" sounds weird and unusual to me too. It's almost as if the person using that were a kid.

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    Re: Business communication

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    "Hi, Sir" sounds weird and unusual to me too. It's almost as if the person using that were a kid.
    We see "Hi, Sir" and similar on this forum quite often. It's generally used by people who are from cultures where it is considered rude not to address someone as something if you don't know their name. In most English-speaking countries, there's no reason why you shouldn't simply address the people in a thread with "Hi", "Hi everyone", "Hello", "Good morning/afternoon/evening, my new friends" etc. In many cases "Sir" and "Madam" are far too formal.

    As far as the original example is concerned, I agree with the others who said "Just don't worry about it". If you choose to address your messages and emails to your colleague using her name that is entirely up to you. Equally, if she chooses to simply reply by going straight in to the main body of the email, then that is totally her choice. It's clear that the message is to you as she's sending it your email address. It's also clear it's from her as it's from her email address. I would be more surprised if a colleague didn't put their own name at the end of a message, but I wouldn't necessarily expect them to put a salutation and a name at the beginning of a message.

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