It’s Time For Another Pinkcast.
In this episode, Dan Pink shares three tips from Erica Dhawan, author of the new book Digital Body Language, about how to write more effective emails, ones that people will actually read.
Tip Number One: Break long emails into two parts. The top part offers a quick summary and then the rest of the email provides the details.
Tip Number Two: If trying to get the recipient to make a decision, don’t write open-ended questions like “Thoughts?” or “What do you think?”. Instead offer choices, such as, “Do you prefer A, B, or C?”
Tip Number Three: Use acronyms. A few suggested by Dhawan were: WINFY (What I Need From You), NNTR (No Need to Respond), and ROM (Respond on Monday).
I plan to try these tips with my students this Fall.
But in the meantime, WINFY is to choose one of the following:
- A – best blog post ever
- B – best blog post ever
- C – best blog post ever