It sucks when you’ve crafted an email, sent it off, and then it just sits in that person’s inbox for days…
Well, Chris Brogan recently posted a pretty great way to get that email out of the inbox and get an answer.
The following is an unedited email DJ Waldow sent to Chris Brogan:
SUBJECT: Tea. Podcasts. Online Stalking. Vine. Secret audio.
I hope you are not TOTALLY creeped out by my recent “online stalking” of you. You are sharing some really interesting/funny/helpful stuff on G+, FB, your blog, Vine, etc these days so … well … I’m … yeah.
The thing I’ve been enjoying the most however, is your podcast. HOLY SHIT. Dude. This is your calling! I honestly could see you hosting a TV show. I’ve been trying to get my ass back in shape and your podcast is the perfect length for my 20 or so minute mid-day runs.
I really loved the Dan Pink one as well as the David’s Teas episode. I drink a boat load of coffee every day. However, thanks to your interview, I’ll be finding a local David’s Teas this weekend.
I also – thanks to Nick (cc’d here) – recently uncovered the “secret audio” portion of your podcast. Brilliant! Nick and I are starting to “professional borrow” some of your podcasting tricks, starting with the interview we did with Craig Jarrow – The Time Management NINJA – which will publish a week from Wednesday. We recorded an intro.
So, if you are still reading this, that all was a long way of saying this.
P.S. I bolded that in case it’s all you read.
Have a kick ass weekend. Do something Kid President like…
Chris Brogan goes on to explain why it was such a great email:
1. Great subject line. Dragged me in.
2. Respectful of my time.
3. Great conversational tone and off-the-record. (He never knew I’d be printing this or he’d be a lot more polite. Maybe.)
4. It wasn’t just praise but a sense of what I did right, so I could consider doing more of that.
5. It let me know that I’m doing well by the running crowd, time-of-show wise.
With summer internship applications due soon, emailing professors, and just everyday life, sending an effective email is vital. Since most of us are students, it’s probably best to be more professional in our emails with professors, potential employers, or anyone in a leadership position. However, these five points can be implemented in a professional email quite successfully.
Or, if you want to take a risk, maybe try the more friendly tone. You will definitely make an impact!
Finally, make sure you check out the comments after Chris’ full article. It’s great to see how he engages with his readers, whether they like the post or not.