How Are You Doing With Your E Mails?

Email started out as a communication improvement – instantaneous and convenient. Now, it is often a cross to bear – cumbersome and endless. Writing takes time and sometimes your emails are not even read – holding up projects and causing frustrations and inefficiencies.

A recent New York Times article, Your Colleagues Don’t Read Anything You Write. Here Are 8 Ways to Change That by Aaron Orendorff focuses on how you write emails and offers some worthwhile tips to keep them short and get them read.

• Write less often

• Use fewer words

• Put action words in your subject line

• Listen more, “talk” less

• Don’t answer, ask

• Invert the order; lead with the need

• Write a people proof TL;DR

• Don’t make it about you or “them”

If you find the suggestions in the article useful, give yourself a challenge. Follow them for a week and see if your email burden is lighter and your communications improve.

 

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