Friday, May 30, 2014

Don't be rude

Adam Grant shared via LinkedIn his advice about writing good emails that don't turn off your audience. If you do this, you might be rude. Unfortunately, I sometimes see these types of emails in my inbox. They are usually from sales at various companies, usually doing a "cold call" after a conference. Especially whey they try to "push" a specific time for an introduction, it's a red flag for me.

Here are Grant's 9 points of advice for polite outreach. Don't ask strangers to:
  1. Acknowledge that they received your email
  2. Share your content on social media
  3. Provide feedback on something you’ve created
  4. Jump on a call today or tomorrow
  5. Name some times for a meeting
  6. Introduce you to specific people in their networks
  7. Email them every day—or even every week
  8. Immediately introduce them to someone else
  9. Invite them to collaborate

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