[Updated September 21, 2012 with new art ’cause I liked it better than the original.]

What will the tone of your emails say about your attitude today? If you are feeling the need for a light-hearted look at tone in workplace writing, check out Toaster-Instruction Booklet Author Enraged That Editor Betrayed His Vision from The Onion. It certainly makes the point that successful tone can only be judged by considering rhetorical context.

If you are looking for a serious treatment of tone, I’m sharing a video tutorial today which covers four aspects of managing tone in workplace documents based on a chapter in Revising Professional Writing. Let me know what you think.