Keep Emails Brief, Organised And On Topic To Get Responses

We’re all busy, but one way to make sure you get a response even from some of the busiest people you want to communicate with is to be topical, be concise, and to organise your message so it’s easy to respond to.

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We’ve discussed ways to keep your email messages brief, but if you’re sending a note to someone who gets hundreds of messages a day, it’ll take more to make it stand out. Over at Passive Panda, James Clear has a few tips to help you make sure your message gets a response, but one of the best is to be brief and arrange your message in bullets or specific questions you’d like a response to. This way the recipient can easily digest your message and insert responses to your questions without having to wade through it. He even includes examples.

He also has a number of other tips, like remembering to be thankful and realistic about what you need, and of course, to not expect a response — nothing will ensure you never get a reply like a dozen follow-ups asking if your first note went through. How do you cut through your recipient’s inbox and get a reply? If you get a lot of mail, how do you pick the ones you respond to? Share your thoughts in the comments.

How To Email Important People [Passive Panda]

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