Discussing :: Your Emails are Too Long

‘If you can’t write your idea on the back of my calling card, you don’t have a clear idea.’ ~David Belasco One of the worst problems I’ve seen when people send me emails is amazingly common: they’re way too long.I’m a fairly busy guy, but who isn’t busy? I try to be responsive but when I get an incredibly long email there is no way I’ll answer quickly. If an email is short, I’ll shoot out a reply as soon as I read it.So why send long emails?Here’s a rule: a long email is never necessary. Never.Why am I writing this? Is it a rant against people who’ve emailed me? No, it’s a general... read full article

#1

Your Emails are Too Long

May as well just use twitter? :)

#2

such great advice - have stuck it up on my office wall

#3

Keep it short, and put what you want from the recipient in the subject line.

And resist copying your mails to all and sundry!

#4

Depends on the purpose of the e-mail - if I am asking someone questions or get someone to do something for me I would try to keep the e-mail as short as possible. I'll even read through the e-mail before sending it out to make sure it's clear and concise. But if I am writing an e-mail to answer a question or provide general information, sometimes the e-mail can get a bit long to make sure I cover everything I need to cover including disclaimers so people don't come back and say you never mentioned such and such...

#5

Yes people in this instance, size isn't everything!

#6

for me it isnt the quantity, quality or content of the email that makes me decide to archive and read later, it is the "sender" that determines that

#7

I write emails, like I have sex...keep it short and sweet! LMAO!

#8

I should forward this article to a lot of people... long pointless emails are one of my pet peeves!

#9

I often split it into five or so single sentence paragraphs which deal with each item to make it easier to reply to and keep track of. Works for me anyway.

#10

Is it rude to send this to those people who send you realllllyyyyy long emails? People wanna just talk and talk and talk.

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