What’s killing your success right now is the notification center on your phone. Every app you have wants to notify you of something so that they can get your attention and monetize. Your focus is now these software companies currency. Throw the phone on your bed, shut the door and get the hell away from it. There are some long hours required to achieve your dream. You’ll need to do some deep thinking. You’ll need to become a strategist like the general of an army about to go to war. Your dream is war ….. continue reading (its an excellent article)
Over 100 billion emails are sent every day. That’s 1.1 million emails sent per second.
Personally, I receive hundreds per day — and frankly, most of them are just bad… and most are too long to read.
This blog is a look at how to send effective emails, get your message across and not waste time.
If you are an entrepreneur, mastering this simple skill can make or break your ability to raise money, land customers, attract partners and win over advisors.
Tip 1: Keep it under three lines
I don’t read emails over three lines. I just don’t. I don’t have time for it.
No email should be over three lines.
If you can’t communicate your message in the first few lines, it shouldn’t be an email – instead, the email should be a request for a phone call or meeting (see below).
Tip 2: Make the subject line a) unique, b) meaningful and c) easily searchable
The subject line is one of the (if not THE) most important parts of the email.
You’d be shocked how little people actually pay attention to it and how many people mess it up.
The subject needs to be unique and compelling — just like a headline on a news article, the subject should capture my attention, pique my interest and make me want to open your email.
The subject line should be meaningful: I should know what you want, based on the subject.
And importantly, it needs to be searchable…
Searching through emails on mobile is bad enough (a big business opportunity for the entrepreneurs out there), so I need to be able to remember unique keywords in your email subject to find it quickly. Otherwise, it’s going to get buried.
Tip 3: Use EASY-TO-READ formatting!
It sounds intuitive, but you’d be shocked by how many emails I get with font size 9. It’s impossible to read on my phone.
“Hard to read,” means “it’s not read.”
Keep your audience in mind, and assume they are going to read the email on their phones, or better yet, their smartwatches.
Keep your font size 12 (or even 14) point … and keep your font style simple, ideally sans serif. I like Arial.
Use bold, underline, and ALL CAPS for the MAIN QUESTION, IMPORTANT DATES, and other KEY DETAILS.
Use line breaks to your advantage. Spacing is key. Give important details their own lines.
Tip 4: Put your specific action request in the first line
A busy exec wants to touch an email once and take action: delete, respond or forward for action.
I want to know what you’re looking for in the first sentence.
Don’t bury the lede. Don’t give me three paragraphs of context – this can come after.
Start with the action/request, and then explain if you need to.
This can be as simple as “FYI:” or “Have time for a 10 min phone call?” or “Can you sign the attached document?”
Then, and this is REALLY IMPORTANT, be specific in your request…
Instead of saying, “Can you meet sometime next week?” say, “Can you meet Wed, Sept 10 in XYZ location between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. PST?”
Or, you can say, “I’m available to meet at these three time windows. My EA is copied. What works?” (Then list the three windows.)
This will save you about five emails back and forth figuring out logistics and a lot of unnecessary clutter to your inbox.
Tip 5: Make the ask really, really simple – such that it’s hard for your reader to say “No”
Have your email make a single, specific, simple request:
- Do you have time for a 5 min call this week?
- Please review and sign this document.
- Can you make a quick intro to XYZ person?
- I’d love a letter of support from you. I’ve attached a draft for your review.
I should be able to reply to the email in one word (ideally Yes or No), or forward it on to the right person to reply in full.
If you ask for lengthy feedback on an idea, or are asking for a big favor, or want to set up a three-hour meeting, you’re going to dramatically decrease the probability that a busy executive responds.
Not to mention, these things shouldn’t really be done over email.
Email is not a replacement for a phone call. Keep emails very short and factual. If they are long, then schedule a call or a meeting.
In general, meeting with someone is best, calls are second best, and an email is the third option if you can’t seem to get either of the first two.
Finally — if something is truly urgent, then don’t email… call or send a text
We’ve gotten so addicted to email that sometimes we assume this is the fastest way to get someone’s attention. It’s really not.
An Opportunity for Something Better?
Email really hasn’t changed much since it came out over 45 years ago.
Platforms like Slack and a few plugins and AI assistants have been useful additions to the professional communication ecosystem, but I still think there’s an opportunity to reinvent email in a big way.
We need to rethink email from first principles. I’d love to hear your ideas.
Have an idea? Tweet at me @peterdiamandis and @efficient.
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Building a meaningful business, and achieving massive success, doesn’t just happen by chance. It happens through showing up every day and hard work. It happens by always striving to be a better version of yourself. For some reason there’s nothing like a good motivational quote to keep things going. Here are 19 entrepreneur quotes to keep you fired up and sharing your message with the world.
1) “The day before something is a breakthrough, it’s a crazy idea.” – Peter Diamandis
2) “Profit is the payoff of successful action.” – Ludwig Von Mises
3) “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” – Vince Lombardi
4) “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs
5) “The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.” – Tony Robbins
6) “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney
7) “What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” – Tim Ferriss
8) “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” – Swami Vivekananda
9) “Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
10) “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.” – Steve Jobs
11) “Most people have no idea of the giant capacity we can immediately command when we focus all of our resources on mastering a single area of our lives.” – Tony Robbins
12) “Success is about creating benefit for all and enjoying the process. If you focus on this and adopt this definition, success is yours.” – Kelly Kim
13) “Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision. Visions don’t change, they are only refined. Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed. Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.” – John C. Maxwell
14) “Success is…knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.” – John C. Maxwell
15) “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” – Vince Lombardi
16) “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn
17) “When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford
18) “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
And finally, a quick quote from me…
19) “You have a message to share and it would be a tragedy to make the people of this great planet wait another 20 years (plus or minus a week) to get it.” – Mike Koenigs
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1. Reserve judgment
This one seems obvious, but it is an essential part of getting people to like you. Dreeke advises you, “Seek someone else’s thoughts and opinions without judging them… it doesn’t mean you agree with someone.” When you want people to like you, you have to understand that you need to make them feel comfortable and supported. Rather than judging their opinions, hear them out and try to understand their viewpoint. It doesn’t mean you agree, it means you respect them, which will lead to them being more likely to like you.
2. Set aside your ego
You don’t have to correct everyone and you don’t always have to be right. “Ego suspension is putting your own needs, wants, and opinions aside.” However, it isn’t as easy as it seems. You have to make the decision to suspend your ego and follow through. “Consciously ignore your desire to be correct and to correct someone else.” Let them have their opinion and their opportunity. Contradicting someone is going to just break down the bond you are trying to create. “When people hear things that contradict their beliefs, the logical part of their mind shuts down and their brain prepares to fight,” says BUTWT. Making a valiant effort to understand someone will build the bond
3. Use curiosity
Allow your curiosity to help the flow of the conversation. Ask people about their opinions and ideas, about what is happening behind the scenes in their life, and they will begin to appreciate you more. “Research shows just asking people to tell you what they think makes you more likable and gets them to want to help you,” according to BUTWT. Tips on active listening include acknowledgement of what the person you are engaging with has to say, and using snippets of what they said in your conversation as you continue the talk. Don’t sit and wait for your turn to talk if you want people to like you. Take a genuine interest in their life and their story. Hey, you might even learn a few things.
4. Practice your body language
“The number one thing is you’ve gotta smile. You absolutely have to smile. A smile is a great way to engender trust.” Be physically open as you stand. Don’t cross your arms. Be welcoming. When you want someone to like you, you need to position your body in a way that is welcoming and will encourage them to trust you more. “Keep your palms up,” says Dreeke, because it will help them realize you are listening and understanding them without you having to say so.
5. Ask about challenges
Encourage the person you are speaking with to open up to you. “Everyone has challenges,” explains Dreeke. Asking someone about the most challenging part of their week or day is what “gets people to share what their priorities in life are at that point in time.” It will also help you to understand them a little more and show that you care and that you want to be there to support them.