A Little Email Trick That Can Make a Big Difference

September 4, 2018

Career Advice

Have you ever thought about how many emails you send in one day? It’s probably too many to count. You interact with your boss, your coworkers, clients, acquaintances, and more. When you’re in a rush and blasting through an overloaded inbox, it’s no wonder your inquiries and responses are terse.

But here’s a little trick you can use that can make a big difference: open your communication with something conversational. A little check-in. A quick question. Something to add some humanity back into your inbox. Even if you haven’t met this person in real life–especially if you haven’t met this person!–a little “small talk” can make working together more pleasurable.

We’re talking about just one to three sentences. A friendly greeting that acknowledges the person instead of just demanding what you need. And something a little bit more than “Hope you’re well!” It may take a few more moments to compose your thoughts, but it’s worth it.

Here’s an example of how this can work:

“Hi, Chris.

Hope you enjoyed the weather this weekend! We had a nice time out on the lake. I can’t wait to get out there and jet ski again next weekend.

I wanted to check in on…”

And here’s a few other “story starters” you can use. Be sure to add a little bit more. These are just jumping off points:

  • I hope your new year/summer/week/etc is off to a great start.
  • Happy Friday! Got any fun plans for the weekend?
  • This year is flying by. Can you believe it?
  • I’ll keep this short because I imagine you guys are just as busy as we are!
  • This article made me think of you and I wanted to pass it along.

What are your favorite email openers? Comment below!

Image via Greg Jordan/Flickr.


About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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