How to Write a Follow-up Email that is not annoying

Being on the sending and receiving end of emails, we may have noticed that many of the tactics people use are annoying at best.

As a sender, it’s best to work from the assumption that whoever you are writing has more pressing matters respond to emails. This technique forces you to make sure you write articulately. As a receiver, its also annoying when you get an email that assumes you can work to the sender’s timeline, even when it’s clear that it’s inconvenient.

Of course, this is just one of the many dos and don’ts to think about when writing follow-up emails. Here are others you might want to consider before sending your next one, particularly if you need a response urgently.

Make it as Easy For The Recipient as Possible

Many people struggle with managing their inboxes as it is. So to make it worth their time to reply to your follow-up, it’s crucial that you, the sender, do all the hard work you can on your end before hitting “send.”

As a sender, you may have learned that it’s best to work from the assumption that whoever I’m writing to probably has more pressing matters to attend to than answer my emails. This forces me to make sure I articulate why it’s in the receiver’s interest to reply. As a receiver, there’s nothing more annoying than getting an email that assumes I’ll work to the sender’s timeline, even when it’s clear that it’s extremely inconvenient to mine, or when there’s no benefit to me whatsoever.

Of course, this is just one of the many dos and don’ts to think about when writing a follow-up email. Here are others you might want to consider before sending your next one, particularly if you need a response urgently.

Make it as Easy For The Recipient as Possible

Many people struggle with managing their inboxes as it is. So to make it worth their time to reply to your follow-up, it’s important that you, the sender, do all the hard work you can on your end before hitting “send.”

Original Source: https://www.fastcompany.com/40431961/how-to-write-a-work-email-when-youre-really-pissed-off