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- [ Tuesday, February 01, 2005 ] -
Arguing to a Resolution
Sometimes I'll disagree with someone and our disagreement can escalate into a full-scale flame war over e-mail. Sometimes I'm really upset and I think tough language might be appropriate. If I'm ever really interested in a peaceful resolution, I thought of using the following strategy. I'm trying to use this more, although, I have to admit that most of the time I don't.
  1. Read the offensive piece of (incoming) e-mail in the nicest possible tone. Imagine the writer saying the words to you in a calm, even tone.
  2. Compose your reply.
  3. Read your reply in the meanest, nastiest possible tone.
  4. Edit your reply so you don't sound like a jerk.

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