Writing an Email? Get to the Point!
By Tim Walker
When writing emails, we should try getting to the point!
I'm really into brevity. Perhaps its a generational thing (short attention spans, instant gratification, Twitter, Vine, etc...). Or maybe it's my background writing for television news, where a premium is put on cramming as much information as possible into 15 or 30 seconds.
One of the biggest pitfalls when communicating in a 140 character world is failing to get to the point within the first couple of sentences.
That's why this interesting post on LinkedIn caught my eye ( Email Like A New Yorker Asking for Directions). The author explains that when a New Yorker asks for directions he or she gets to the point! There's no small talk.
Now, here in the South that sort of approach can come across as rude or cold. People tend to take their time here, and I really do believe that's a good thing most of the time! But I think we could learn something from New York when it comes to business emails. Get to the point!
The first sentence of your email should explain what you want. So should your subject line. I think this is especially true if you're looking for a job. Get to the point, talk about your accomplishments or you risk losing the hiring manager's attention. Especially if said hiring manager has a stack of resumes and emails to go through.
Something to think about the next time you sit down to write an email at work!