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Communication Etiquette [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 12:39
This might be a really dumb question but I was wondering how people handle names in formal communications with ad com/alumni/etc. I emailed someone and refered to him by last name in my email (Mr. xyz). He replied back and ended the email with his first name. In my reply should I continue referring to him by last name or should I switch to first name?
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I think it's okay to just refer to his first name. Since you have already started in the first email with the Mr. XYZ notation, I think it's perfectly fine to switch back to the first name. You've already set the stage to be formal already, and I think you're not being disrepectful (or improper) to address him/her by the first name.

(That's just how it is in my industry... and I've done this--using first names--in the past for job interviews...)
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Re: Communication Etiquette [#permalink] New post 18 Oct 2010, 12:55
To be honest, I don't think it matters too much.

Stick with the Mr. XYZ format if you want to be more conservative and 100% professional.

Use first name if you don't mind being casual with this adcom/alumus.
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