Text Me, Yo

I’m not sure if it’s unprofessional or not. I prefer email for professional things, but context matters a lot.

It’s not that I don’t text at all, I prefer text for social stuff among friends and family. Plus more immediate messaging like “where you at?” and “send me that 6-digit code you just got.” I prefer email for slower discussions and things that require me to think or research.

But say you meet someone semi-professionally and you exchange numbers. Later on they hit you with a text like “I run a business leaders meetup here in town and we’d love for you to speak at it, wanna do it?” That’s a professional ask and should probably be answered where it was asked. I’d argue it’s maybe a little unprofessional to be like “Could we move this to email?”

I do feel obliged to say: if your email is just such a mess and feels like a lost cause to you, that actually does make you unprofessional. It means you can’t be counted on to be communicated with, and that’s fully half of being professional. I suppose you can skip around the issue by texting, if that is a possiblity in some limited professional interaction, but that’s only going to be good for the occassional one-off. Maybe it’ll even make you seem amiable and hip for a minute. But your texting app certainly isn’t somehow a “better inbox”. Any communication issues you have will eventually follow you there.

One response to “Text Me, Yo”

  1. One good reason to move things to email (for me at least) is it operates as a much more effective archive and history than text messages. I don’t think I’ve got a text history of anything beyond about 6 months, if that. They’re much more ephemeral and regularly get lost or deleted for whatever reason. I don’t think it shows respect rather than unprofessionalism if you request to move to email because you’re keen to keep a permanent record of the conversation.

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