I recently turned on the Outlook (yeah, I know, I know) desktop alert for new email. I’ve discovered that over half of the emails I receive can be read and deleted with just the little preview it provides. Which leads me to believe:

  1. I get far too many emails that are of little or no value
  2. Emails that are short and have all pertinent info in the first two lines are very appreciated.

Of course, there are emails of content that are much longer. But I am a firm believer that unless you’re paid by the word or the hour, shorter messages are always to be preferred over longer ones that say the same thing.

Get to the point as quickly as possible and make the point as short as possible.

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