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One partner says I write too formally, the other says I'm too informal. Can't win.

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Can you give an example of the type of writing each partner criticized? If both of them read the same brief you drafted, then I’d agree you’re SOL. That’s all personal preference. If one is referring to your emailing tendencies and the other wants your letterhead correspondence to the client to be more formal in a certain way, that’s different and there could be some legit merit to the critiques you’re hearing.

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I’ve been told I speak too formally, but the same partner told me not to use contractions when emailing clients.

You can win by tailoring your style to the partner’s preferences.

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