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Eight Times to Abandon E-mail

We are tempted to try to save time and money by foregoing face-to-face meetings or the organisation of conference calls, opting instead to send quick and cheap e-mails. Don’t do it!

As busy project managers manage their precious personal and project schedules, they look for any means to save time and money. The need to do this is amplified by the economic conditions present today. A tempting target for time and cost reduction activities is the communication tasks that are a major part of the successful project manager’s responsibility. We are tempted to try to save time and money by foregoing face-to-face meetings or the organisation of conference calls, opting instead to send quick and cheap e-mails. Don’t do it! E-mails are fraught with danger and lurking costs due to miscommunication and misunderstandings. Here are eight circumstances when e-mail should NOT be used as the main form of communication.

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