Short is sweetest

“I didn’t have time to write a short letter so I wrote a long one instead.”  Mark Twain

If you look at your inbox, are the emails that have hung around still to be dealt with the long and wordy ones? It is no surprise that shorter emails are usually easier to process no matter what the content, so if you are sending long wordy ones, get in the habit of less is more.

Here are some tips:

  • Use a clear subject line
  • Get to the point quickly without being blunt
  • Keep it to five sentences or less if possible
  • Highlight any action required
  • Only add a cc or importance flag if it’s truly necessary.

Sending short and well thought out emails shows you value the recipient’s time too, and because they are short and sweet, you are more likely to get the desired response than a long rambling one.

If you are used to sending your team long emails, let them know your new process so they can do the same to you.

Serious about your success?