Have you ever been guilty of sending someone a multi-paragraph email just to ask them to do one simple thing? Wouldn’t it be easier for all parties if you just sent them the request without all the fluff?
“If SMS text messaging is on the rise, why would you still send 1,400-word e-mails?”
One of the most practical tips I learned in the Managing Workflow for Business Leaders GTD workshop I attended back in September was to limit the entire email message to the subject line when it makes sense to do so.
This is a great time-saver for both the sender and the recipient. Be sure to use the acronym EOM (End Of Message) to act as a trigger to the recipient that everything they need to act upon is contained in the message subject.
Writing lengthy epistles was OK for Paul when he wrote to the Corinthians, but it is
almost never acceptable for email communication. Brevity is essential If you want someone to read and respond to your email.
Have any quick email tips to share? Sound off in the comments below.
All images are from my flickr, unless otherwise noted.
- 10 Tips for Writing Better Email (grasshopper.com)
- Email Subject Lines That Work: The Secret Sauce (amsterdamprinting.com)
- Optimising Email Subject Lines (firstdigital.co.nz)
- 4 Tips to Get Really Busy People to Read Your E-mails (inc.com)