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.