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post #196 of 310
I was trying to think of a reason the BCC might matter vs. a forward of the original note. The only thing I can really come up with is that either you or the recipient could have doctored the original note (i.e. there could wind up being two versions), but if everyone receives the same initial note, no foul play could happen.
post #197 of 310
having said the above (and perhaps inspired by it), I just used BCC One of my staff showed me a news survey that mentioned one of our prospects favorably. I wrote to that prospect highlighting the piece with a suggestion as to how its global activity could be applied here. I BCCed the staffer just so she can see how her efforts contributed to our biz dev. That said, there is nothing controversial at all about the subject matter there, and no reason whatsoever why she would come out of the woodwork and reply*. * famous last words
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I was trying to think of a reason the BCC might matter vs. a forward of the original note. The only thing I can really come up with is that either you or the recipient could have doctored the original note (i.e. there could wind up being two versions), but if everyone receives the same initial note, no foul play could happen.

Of course AFAIK, if you really wanted to doctor email, you could just send an email to that one person with headers making it look like it was sent to a bunch of people. You might have to get someone to do funky things to your mail server but on the recipient's end, it would look normal.

I have seen BCC used to send to a bunch of people without opening up the possibility of a boneheaded reply-all. It only works if it is obvious that the email has a wide distribution (like an newsletter or company announcement)...everybody gets it but nobody can respond to everybody.
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LOL. I almost never use it. Very very occasionally I may do it just so a client knows something is done, and even then I will typically follow it with a 'hey BCCed you there' note just to draw attention to the fact that they were invisible. That said, I see no benefit in doing that over just forwarding whatever I had to show was complete with a 'done' above the forwarded content.

But generally, nup, too risky that someone will reveal themselves.

People in your office understand how BCC works? I'm awed.
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Of course AFAIK, if you really wanted to doctor email, you could just send an email to that one person with headers making it look like it was sent to a bunch of people. You might have to get someone to do funky things to your mail server but on the recipient's end, it would look normal. I have seen BCC used to send to a bunch of people without opening up the possibility of a boneheaded reply-all. It only works if it is obvious that the email has a wide distribution (like an newsletter or company announcement)...everybody gets it but nobody can respond to everybody.
That's actually a good call. I once received something from a vendor where I got their entire customer list in the email headers. I could not believe they didn't BCC, as I now had a pile of new job prospects.
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post #203 of 310
Lots of great experience to learn from here, thanks! Anybody expanded to China from America?
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Lots of great experience to learn from here, thanks! Anybody expanded to China from America?
I moved here about two years ago and I speak their moon-language fluently, but define "expanded"? Douglas owns a company which often does business with the Chinamen, if he has time I'm sure he has a lot of things he's learned doing business with the inscrutable orientals.
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fair call. done.
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post #208 of 310
Great thread. Keep em coming.
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nice thread.....
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Building a Kevlar Vest for Business Some high level thoughts on what you can do to insulate yourself (not 100% of the time, that's impossible) from politics and reorgs: 1. Have a good attitude. This works wonders. 2. Do great work. A bit obvious but has to be mentioned. 3. Find a mentor outside of the company who can advise you on your career. 4. Meet deliverable deadlines, both internal and external. 5. Get "attached" to revenue. Make sure what you do, or at least part of what you do, can be directly tied to your firm's revenue. 6. Respond promptly to emails. Help colleagues who are working on deals, projects, etc. Be collaborative at all times. 7. Have lunch meetings that network you into the local business community and inside your employer's community. 8. Be creative and add value to your organization by presenting a fresh idea...ie. some thought leadership...could be a new way of attacking a problem, a new product or service line, a new way to present something that is more compelling, all sorts of things. 9. Always have a Plan B. Corporate life is rough and uncertain in even the best of situations. Have an updated resume and LinkedIn profile and keep talking to your network. Think a little down the road about what trends are happening in your industry and get skills that allow you to meet those challenges. Get experience in areas where you are weak.
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