I’ve been in online business for 10 years and every day I see how badly people behave online. I’m not talking about some fights on forums or in social media, but about professional discussion between real businessmen. So let’s start.
1. Always reply to the contact request
Unless the message you receive is clearly spam, or just otherwise makes no sense, it’s polite to reply, even if the answer is no.
2. Don’t assume everyone wants to small-talk
If you are contacting another person for a reason, it’s only good manners to go straight to he point and not waste his time. Simply contacting someone and asking “how are you?” makes no sense. Sure you can greed someone like that, but also write the reason for contacting him. Because if you just ask that and stop there, the conversation will go nowhere.
3. “I’m busy” is not an excuse
It’s a well known fact that by saying “I’m busy” you want to tell the other person that you do not value him enough to spend your time on him. But in reality it mean “I’m too bad with time management”, and you are also being an asshole.
Don’t say that you are busy. Say that you are not interested. At least you would be honest.
4. Find the midway between exaggerated political correctness and assholeness
I rarely meet straight polite people. When you are too polite people don’t understand what you mean. Instead of saying “thank you for you proposal”, just say that you are not interested. It will safe the time of both of your time. Most people are politically correct cowards who will say “thank you for you opinion” instead of “I disagree with you” and complete jerks that will defame your whole existence, just because they didn’t like what you did or said. Where did all normal people go to?