Written by professor and author Adam Grant, 6 Ways to Get Me to Email You Back is a refreshing post in both insight and simplicity, outlining six points which he’s personally found to increase prompt email response.
- Perfect the subject line. Skip the cute and focus on the action.
- Tell the recipient why you chose them. Say specifically why you sought this person out, referencing their work or interests.
- Show that you’ve done your homework. State what you’ve done so far to help yourself, and why now you’d like their help or advice.
- Highlight uncommon commonalities. Dig a bit to find unusual connections – either work or personal – which links you to this person.
- Make your request specific, and keep it short and sweet. People are more helpful when they’re given clear directions on how to contribute. Do that in no more than 2-3 paragraphs.
- Express gratitude. Obligation and coercion are not ways to motivate people by email. They’re more likely to help when they feel like they’re making a contribution … and to get properly thanked for their help.