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Are You a Lemming or Leader?

I was in a coaching session with a client recently where I was instructing them on the nuances of Business E-mail Etiquette in their day-to-day communications. You know, all the things I talk about here and in my books. They were very receptive and open to understanding the issues we were discussing. Show More Summary

Smother Mother

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Doggone Rules

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Help! My Boyfriend’s Ex-Wife Taught Her Son to Hate Me. How Can I Be a Good Co-Parent?

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. Me, the girlfriend: I have been dating my boyfriend for nearly three years. We are happy. He was previously married, and we began dating before he was finally divorced—a divorce that his ex-wife intentionally dragged out for years. Show More Summary

Seed Money

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Mistress Auntie

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Love Before First Sight

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The Worse of Two Evils

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Help! My Boyfriend’s Dream Job Is in Another City, and My Dream Job Is Here. What Now?

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. Absence makes the heart …: I’ve been dating the love of my life for about a year and a half. For about half of that time he’s been in grad school and the other half he’s spent looking for work in his field. Show More Summary

4 New Excellent Tips on Customer Surveying Via Email

Every single company wants a good customer survey that will successfully help them in gaining their clients’ input and feedback. Unfortunately, not many understand the subtle nuances that can stop them from being ignored, deleted, or, worse, marked as spam. Show More Summary

Permanently Casual

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Good Walls Make Good Neighbors

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Buzz Kill

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Help! Our Friends Want Us to Adopt Their Aggressive Dog.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. They want us to adopt their aggressive dog: Some friends of ours adopted a dog a couple of years ago. The dog has some aggression problems with both dogs and people. Show More Summary

I’m Not Going, Really

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Business Email Etiquette: Knowing the Level of Formality to Use

Just like workplace dress codes and the unspoken rules of how to interact with coworkers, there are certain techniques used for how work emails need to be written. Can an email to a coworker be too casual? Of course, an email to a superior is going to be written formally, but how formal does it […] Read the rest here.... Show More Summary

Scary Godmother

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What’s Lust Got to Do With It?

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Help! My New Boyfriend Can’t Go Five Minutes Without Saying He Loves Me.

Every week, Mallory Ortberg answers additional questions from readers, just for Slate Plus members. Q. Can my date become a little less loving?: I have just started dating a wonderful, bright, and handsome man. My only and spoiled concern...Show More Summary

“Attract More Bees with Honey” with E-mail Courtesies

This saying applies to e-mail as well. By putting in the extra effort and thought into being a pleasure to communicate with you will always experience better results. For example, this past week I started most e-mails with “Hope you are enjoying your summer!” before I went into my request. Show More Summary

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