Saturday, November 10, 2007

Five Rules of Writing Effective Emails

Read the article here

Here is an extract:

5 rules of writing effective emails:

1. Why Should Anyone Read This?

Create an email title & subject line that will catch your audience attention. Be very clear and specific about the purpose of your message. Give them a reason to open your email.

For Example:

Need Feedback (by 9/30): XYZ Design Document
Please Read: Important Employee Benefit Information
Reminder: Meeting This Afternoon

2. What Do They Need to Know?
Keep your message short, precise and relevant:

Short - Keep your message to less than a page. You are not writing a New York Time best seller.
Precise - No wasted sentences. Stop talking about the weather. Just get to the point.
Relevant - Tell them what they need to know and move on. Not everyone needs to know all the background, participants, sponsors, timeline, benefit, pain or little details of your meeting or project.

3. What Do You Want from Them?
Be very clear about what you want your readers do after reading your email. Your action statements should be in three places:

Your subject line
Beginning of the message
End of the message
Your action statement should also include information such as a deadline (date and time) and your expected outcome.

For example:

Please provide your response in email by December 21, 2007.
Please provide your feedback by filling out this survey before Monday June 30th, 2007.

4. Who Else Should Read This?
Who else really needs to know about your message?

Not the world. Not through email.

“CC” (carbon copy) only those who really need to know. Do not “CC” everyone under the sun and create unnecessary email junk.

Never “BCC” (blind copy) anyone on your email. If you want to inform someone about your message, forward the message separately.

5. What Next?
If you really want the recipients to reply to your message, pick up the phone and follow up. Do you expect someone to sit around and wait for your emails? If something is that important to you, it definitely worth a phone call.

Think About This…

Imagine if you had only 15 minutes per day for email, whose or what emails would you open? Would you read your own email?

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