It’s no secret that today’s world is highly interconnected and more interdependent than ever before. And, in order to succeed in this world, obtaining the right guidance is more important than ever before. The challenge, however, is that many times, the people you seek guidance from are not directly connected to you – so, how do you ask for help? In many cases, we do what we feel most comfortable with – e-mail. It provides us the ability to reach out while still remaining in our comfort zone.
The challenge with e-mail, as with many initial communication methods, is that there is an art behind getting what you want without burdening the other person. All too often, we’re a mixed bag of information and rarely communicate all that we want to on the first attempt. In fact, many times we find ourselves reflecting back on the conversation either regretting something we said, or worse, didn’t say.
I came across a great post by Jason Freedman who outlined some tips on how to e-mail busy people… below are the key points. Valuable stuff.