Creative and  Business Writing

Business email writing

Sometimes the first sentence of a business email is the most difficult to write, but once you get going, the rest of the email is much easier. One way to help you write the first sentence of your business email is to think about why you are writing.

Here are four of the most common reasons for writing an email, along with some sentences you can use to start your email:

1. Replying to a previous email

Thanks for the information.
Thanks for your phone call.
Thanks for getting me the figures.

2. Giving brief updates

Just a quick note to tell you…
Just a quick note to let you know…
Just to update you on…

3. Referring to an attachment

Take a look at the attached file.
Have a quick look at the file I've attached about…
Thought you might find the attached interesting.

4. Changing plans

Sorry, but I can't make the meeting tomorrow.
Sorry, but I won't be able to meet you next week.
Sorry, but something has come up and I can't meet you for lunch.

Clare Whitmell is a qualified business communication trainer & has been coaching individuals and businesses for more than 20 years. She specializes in business & resume / c.v. writing and is the author of English Grammar for Busy People

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