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Often, that’s not necessarily the case. The lack of reply may have nothing to do with you, more so it has to do with them! Yes, it’s not me it’s you! ;-)
Common reasons why people don’t reply email• Waiting on someone else to get more information and then reply
• Too busy to reply
• Forgetting to reply the mail
• Can’t be bothered to reply
• The mail you sent went to their junk email so didn't get them.
• If there’s more than one person in the email TO line, each person might assume that the other might reply
• Doesn’t know the other person is waiting for a reply
So, it’s important to keep these in mind when writing your email.
Here are some email tips I have used over the last few years to get my emails replied to.
Write a good subject lineBe clear on what the email is about. Depending on the person I am sending the email to, I sometimes add a small tag [need your input] or [Action required] to the subject line. This way even without reading the email message, the person knows that I am waiting for reply.
Write short, scan-able emails!Imagine if you received hundreds or thousands of emails per day. Everyday…. How would you get over the email overwhelm?
* If possible use one email to convey one message
* Use bullet points, group related details into headings
* Make the email scan-able by highlighting areas that you want the person to read!
Notice what I have done above ;-)
End the email with a questionThis way the other person knows that you are waiting for a reply. Here are some examples,
What’s your opinion on this?
Do you think …… ?
If there’s more than one person in the email TO line, add a name of the person you are waiting a reply for.
e.g Mark: Can you confirm this is correct?
Write down a deadlineA deadline creates a sense of urgency, and most people hate to miss deadlines!
e.g I need a reply before … so that I can ….
Remind the person to reply you mailIf all of the above tactics fail to get you a reply, you can politely remind the person to reply to your mail.
Here are a few sentences I use,
* I am waiting for your reply. Please let me know about this when you get a chance.
* I was wondering if you have had a chance to look at the e-mail below yet?
* Quick reminder… I am waiting for your reply
What do you normally say? What’s a good way to remind someone to reply to your email without sounding too annoying?
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