How to Appear Smart in Your Work Emails
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Want to know the key to sounding smart in your work emails? Here are a few tips we can give you.

Want to sound smart and dominant in every single email you send? Here’s how to appear intelligent and fool everyone into thinking you’re the smartest employee around:

1.     Put something interesting in the subject line

To make yourself seem intelligent and authoritative, switch up your email subject lines with important and critical headings.

I.e., “Urgent: Please Prioritise Now”

“Immediate Action Required”


“Latest Update”


Some of these might put shivers down people’s spines, but most importantly, it’ll make you seem like the powerful and smart one in the office.


2.     Use the classic ‘sent from my iPhone’ signature

Nothing screams “I’m busy” like the ‘sent from my iPhone’ message at the bottom of an email. People will automatically assume you’re constantly on the move or going into meetings and running around achieving success.


3.     Generate a complicated out-of-office auto-responder

Your colleagues will be amazed by your intellectuality if you set up an over complicated sentence or two that describes you’re out-of-office and away until a certain point in time.

You know, when you read something, and while you can understand the meaning and intention behind it, the crux of it is just unnecessary and completely confusing? Well, this is one way to appear smarter in your emails. Spin up a complex sentence full of industry jargon or get ChatGPT to work its magic with something like “temporarily absent on an intellectual sojourn”—or ask it for the most stupidly smart out-of-office auto reply it can possibly create that will make everyone re-read it until they give up.


4.     Use smart acronyms and insert intelligent flexes

If you’re emailing about something that reminds you of a scholarly article or book you’ve recently read (or even just one you’ve heard someone else talk about and you think it’ll sound smart), try chucking it into your email conversation. Like “I recently read a book (or article) that this reminds me of; you might find it an interesting read” and add the link to it. You’ll appear smart by extending your knowledge to your less knowledgeable email pal.

Or use business acronyms like:


  • EOW
  • COB
  • EOT
  • TBD
  • PTA
  • PTO
  • F2F


Without bothering to put any explanation in the brackets, like everyone should instantly know what they mean.


5.     Use uncommon historical or literary references

To top it all off, include some profound literary quotes to round off your email with some wisdom. Don’t just choose a commonly known or random Gandhi quote, go for something super obscure that will leave them asking ChatGPT to explain it.


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