Want Your Colleague to Answer Your Email? Don’t Use These Phrases:

… When asked to name the most annoying phrase to read in an email, 25 percent of participants said “Not sure if you saw my last email” enraged them most. That was followed by phrases like “per my last email,” “per our conversation,” and “any update on this?” Apparently, people really don’t like follow-up emails. Some of the other phrases that turned people off included “sorry for the double email,” “please advise,” “as previously stated,” “as discussed,” and “re-attaching for convenience.”
The takeaway seems to be that there’s no passive aggressive email follow-up that won’t annoy the recipient. If someone hasn’t responded to your email yet, it’s probably because they don’t want to, not because they didn’t see your last message. This echoes previous findings on how people read into professional emails. HR professionals interviewed by Glassdoor, for instance, also included “as per my last email” as an example of an unprofessional email message. “It’s passive aggressive and a very thinly-veiled attempt at passing blame for a project that has stalled,” as Jon Brodsky of Finder.com told the site.
… If you want to get ahead, it’s better to be assertive, clear, and direct in your emails, not passive aggressive and wishy-washy.
[h/t The Guardian]

(Via Mental Floss)
I don’t do it too often, but I do use “Per our (meeting|call|Slack|chat)” to tie my email to communication that happened outside of email. For example, if someone asks me for a file in Slack that I have stored in email, it’s easier to just forward the email than to save the attachment then attach it back into Slack. Of course that isn’t an option in a conference call for face-to-face chat.
I don’t know of a better way to handle this. Do you?

A Striking Photo of an Enormous Cumulonimbus Cloud over Tokyo by Masanobu Higashiyama:

photo by Masanobu Higashiyama

Last night in Tokyo an enormous cumulonimbus cloud hovered over Tokyo for hours, bringing with it a spectacular light show that at times felt like the end of days. But the thunder and lightning also afforded photographers the opportunity to capture the storm system. One of the most ‘striking’ photographs was by Masanobu Higashiyama, a reporter from the Asahi Newspaper.
Those familiar with the Ghibli film Laputa will identify the cloud not as its scientific name but as “the Dragon’s Nest.”
More spectacular footage came from twitter user @realpizza2, who captured a time-lapse of the storm from the North of Tokyo.

(Via Spoon & Tamago)
It was a spectacular light show before the actual rain came.