Thoughts on Overstated Enthusiasm in Language: Are Exclamation Points Unprofessional?

Enthusiasm in writing

I have a problem. It seems to be a problem, anyway.

Too much enthusiasm. I ask myself, “Are exclamation points unprofessional?” It seems a lot of sources think they are.

What do you think?

I am naturally enthusiastic, particularly in terms of interacting with others—in person, in writing, and even on the phone. When left to my own devices and not distracted by a burden, I tend to emit enthusiasm with vigor. Is there any other way? 🙂

I am not saying that too much enthusiasm is a problem. On the contrary, I find that to be a good thing. It’s been reported that using too many exclamation points in professional settings is a feminine habit. As a woman myself, I think that may be correct.

I have been mulling over allowing that enthusiasm to carry over to my writing—particularly texts and emails. I use more exclamation points than what might be appropriate. It’s true!! Couldn’t help myself just then.

I text things like “Thanks!” over receiving mundane information and good news.

It occurs to me that I use overblown words like “awesome” and “fantastic” regarding things that are quite ordinary. I think a lot of this is cultural; Western culture seems to have adopted a widespread ratcheting up of descriptive language beyond what is the appropriate use of some words.

Are exclamation points unprofessional?

What bothers me most about this habit I’ve developed is that I feel locked into it. Since I always write “Thanks!” or “Great!”, excluding the exclamation point seems too bland and even rude. Am I alone in this?

It is true that one’s personality often comes out in their writing. When I get notes that end with a seemingly flat “Thanks.”, I have to recognize that not everyone is a slave to blasting eagerness at every turn like I seem to be.  If I don’t take the time to acknowledge that, I am sometimes even taken aback by matter-of-fact, non-emotive written communication.

Not everyone writes or thinks like you, Summer. Chill out.

On the flip side, I deeply appreciate fellow enthusiasm enthusiasts.

Here’s where I overthink it

So there is my quandary. Worrying about too much zeal from my communication, then unfairly expecting it from others.

I don’t have an answer. I don’t know what the solution is. There might not even be a problem. Maybe it is all in my mind.

Are you on team “overdo the exclamation points” or “keep it emotionally level”?

Is there such a thing as too much enthusiasm? Are exclamation points unprofessional? Your thoughts are welcome in the comments.

As always, thanks so much for reading!! <– To illustrate my point.

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Updated 4/30/23

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