Due to the fact that tweeting is so impersonal and a cold phone call is so annoying, email is the ideal platform for reaching out. Yet for busy people, even their inbox is something that is viewed as a “task,” meaning they want to get in and out as quickly as possible.
Understanding how to properly email people is a skill that sets you apart from others.
These are some of the notes Zak Slayback has learned about writing emails that work. If you master this skill, you master the skill of getting in the door with anybody. If you master that skill, the world is your oyster.
If you do the math on the number of inbound emails you get multiplied by the time it would take to read them all and respond to those that expect a reply you would be astounded. It is simply unmanageable.
Yet some simple techniques can help massively improve your ability to get people to take action on your important emails. And they will appreciate it, too.
Aja Frost shares a couple templates that will both salvage your professional reputation and make your recipient more understanding of the delay.
Hubspot shares 23 things to reference in a follow-up email besides the obvious fact that you’re checking in.
Many people begin networking emails with “Remember me?” While you’re coming from a sincere place, it’s pretty audacious to ask for something from someone whom you’re blatantly admitting you barely know.
But the fix is simpler than you’d think. Just skip over the line that roughly translates to: “We’re practically strangers.” This post shares how.