It’s part of my job to send emails all the time. I don’t think much of it; it’s how I do my business. However, yesterday I emailed a new client, and after introducing myself wrote, “It’s nice to e-meet you!”
The moment I typed it in I pushed my rolling chair away from my desk. How did this happen to me? Do I, a regular girl from Michigan who just wants to be the best marketing coordinator I can be, deserve this?
I was reeling, so I decided I needed to take the rest of the day off work. When you’re young, there are certain things you just don’t think are going to happen to you. For instance, I never thought I’d be 30 and still be single. I never thought I’d be living in a small apartment with three incredibly messy roommates. But what I could have never predicted, what has been completely out of the scope of my imagination, was that I’d ever send a dumb fucking email in which I introduced myself with a “nice to e-meet you” like a fucking idiot.
I know what you’re thinking: This isn’t something that happened to me, it’s something I brought upon myself. Well that’s where you’re wrong, and honestly if you’re thinking that you should reevaluate your life. Ultimately, I have been told that in order to do my job I must appear pleasant over email, and the only way to do that if you’re meeting someone remotely is to make some corny joke at your expense. Before I knew it I was getting a reply that said, “Nice to e-meet you too, haha!”
What the fuck is this world coming to??
The working world can be a scary place, especially in offices where you’re forced to make pleasantries with strangers over email. To all the women who are reading this: Learn from my cautionary tale. Let my mental breakdown be your lesson. Emails can simply include professional introductions. You don’t need to add the made up word “e-meet” in order to convince people you are a competent and not bitchy businesswoman. Don’t make the same mistake I did.