This, or a version of it, arrives a few times a week:
I need to talk to you. Can I have some time?
By the way, its not from my girlfriend, or my daughter. They get a yes. My mum, dad, brothers, sister – they get a yes. However, generally these emails come from people that I am not deeply connected to.
What do I know from this email?
You don’t care about my time enough to set out an agenda, let me know how I can be prepared, help me with something that you know I want (its all on my blog!).
I think I can predict the success or failure of a startup based upon the quality of the “asking for a meeting” emails that the founders tend to write. This is entirely speculative and based upon zero empirical study, but a lot of emotional certainty.
What is a good email?
- 6 Keys to Getting Your Email Read [Video]
- 6 Ways to Get Your Email Ignored
- Writing Good Email Subject Lines
- How to Get Attention: The 7 Triggers of Fascination
Do you have any examples?
What is your experience? Are you successful in getting people to say yes to your requests via email?