One of the top posts on eQuipping for eMinistry is Tips about Email Usage and Abusage. (I’d like to suggest you read it along with this article since many of the 18 tips will apply to this post.)
So, here’s “part two” which I based on some great ideas from “How ‘EOM’ Makes Your Email More Efficient” and “How to Email Busy People”. (I’ll include the links within this post so you can read more from the original authors.)
Watch the Length of Your Emails
Have you ever written an email that you realized in hindsight would have been more efficiently done over the phone or in a short meeting? Try this mental checklist from LifeHacker for your email messages:
- Can you fit everything into a subject line? No?
- Then can your message fit into one paragraph? No?
- Then can it fit into two paragraphs? No?
- If it cannot, then a phone call or meeting is likely more efficient.
Try Standard Abbreviations
Familiarize yourself with these great abbreviations for your subject line:
- EOM end of message
- NRN no reply necessary
- RR reply requested
- EOM/NRN or EOM/RR
If You’re Emailing a Busy Person
- Read 18 more great Tips about Email Usage and Abusage which I summarized from Michael Hyatt.
- Cutting Out the Spam: Disguise Your eMail Address (and Phone)