How I Ensure I Respect Your Time

Truly, I do. And yet, sometimes, it doesn’t feel like that, does it?

Everyone should respect other people’s time and understand that we each have a lot going on in our lives and even if we don’t…. well, that’s out of choice. It means that important news should not be buried or made difficult to comprehend.

I wrote a long email yesterday. I’ve always been a fan of the long email. And frankly, sometimes, I worry whether it’s too much and whether others are as excited about it as I am. Groan.

And then I got this reply, from a friend and trusted colleague, “What a super long email!”. Which got me thinking about how hard…

… it is to write effectively;

… it is to keep things short;

… it is to get people to react or respond to your calls to action.

This was the clincher for me.

I won’t commit to five sentences as yet … man, that is too hard and I need to start at an easier level. But I am going to start writing shorter emails and here’s why.

I know that you don’t always get my point even when I’ve taken the time to explain myself.

I know you don’t want to wade through an entire email just to get to my point.

I know I don’t want my email to get shoved into the ‘To Read Later’ pile, not to be read or shudder, be deleted.

In furtherance of this, I have come up with a list of 20 https://rowenamorais.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/how-i-respect-your-time-tip-7-communication-channel-should-be-a-fit-with-the-message/things you (and I) can do that demonstrate how you respect other people’s time.

And because I respect your time, I’ve laid out my plan 20 posts in. You can then decide if you’d like to partake.

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #1. Link to the story

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #2. Break it up into chunks

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #3. Ask First

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #4. Keep It Short

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #5. Main Point Upfront

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #6. Adjust

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #7. Communication Channel Should be a Fit with the Message

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #8. De-clutter

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #9. Be honest

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #10. Identify What Value You Will Bring

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #11. Bring the Idea Only to the Person You Need To

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #12. Be Clear and Don’t Feel Guilty

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #13. Walk In Their Shoes

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #14. No Spam

How I Respect Your Time. Tip #15. I Am Prepared

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Media Communications and Editorial Specialist. With my strong professional network of contacts, I help individuals and organisations, particularly those within Human Resource and Technology, strengthen their skill-base and brand through compelling writing, beautiful design, content marketing and publishing. Let's talk.

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