I’m working on a writing question and need a sample draft to help me learn.
For this discussion topic, we will practice another skill needed in professional writing — composing an email message to an employee using proper tone and professionalism.
Before you start, you will want to read the following. These readings are provided for you in Content for week 4.
- Scenario: Anderson College (Part I)
- Jay Williams’ Ineffective Instructions
- D.A. Jameson, “Management consulting and teaching: Lessons learned teaching professionals to control tone in writing
- video — “Using a Holistic Approach to Writing Business Emails”
After reading the scenario, the set of instructions written by Jay Williams, and the Jameson article, please complete the following:
Imagine that you are Dr. Richard Johnson, Dean of the Undergraduate School at Anderson College. You will write an email message to Jay Williams, the student worker, informing him that his instructions are not suitable to be distributed to the students and faculty at Anderson College.
Keep in mind the Jameson article. You want to maintain proper tone and professionalism. While the instructions that Jay wrote are not professional and would be embarrassing to send to the students and faculty members, you do not want to seem unprofessional in your message to Jay. In addition, he is a student worker. You don’t want to overly criticize him in your message.
In responding to this discussion topic, write the following:
the subject line of the email message you write
the body of the email message.
Please note that you will not be able to see other students’ responses to this discussion topic until you post your response.