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Short Emails Get You Ahead

I write short emails. If you’ve ever gotten an email from me, you know it is true. So, you can imagine my pleasure at see this recent article in the Huffington Post by Alexis Kleinman recommending that you “emulate the super-successful and never send a long email.”

As CEO and chief bottle washer at Fourlane, I don’t have time to write, let alone read, long emails. I’m often between meetings and reading emails on my phone. My first instinct is to glance at the length of the email. Short emails, I can answer. Long emails I skip, waiting until I am back at my desk to answer it. If I am traveling or at a client’s site, getting an answer to a long email may take a while.

Take this article’s advice:

  • Use the subject line to get your ideas across or question out.
  • Don’t include a huge amount of background—if the reader has a questions, she’ll ask it.
  • Always think about the busy schedule of your reader when writing an email.

As I pointed out to the Fourlane team, short emails aren’t rude; they’re just efficient!

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About Marjorie Adams

Our head QuickBooks trainer and guru, Marjorie Adams, is Founder and CEO of Fourlane, Inc., an award-winning consulting firm and Intuit’s #1 QuickBooks Reseller Partner. Fourlane’s team of experts offers several QuickBooks oriented services including consulting, training, programming, integration, and more. Over the years, Fourlane has helped over 10,000 customers across many different industries with their QuickBooks accounting software. Marjorie Adams is considered one of the top QuickBooks trainers in the country. She was listed on CPA Practice Advisor’s 40 Under 40 in 2014 & 2015, and has been recognized as Intuitive Accountant’s 2015 QuickBooks Desktop ProAdvisor of the Year. Marjorie sits on Intuit’s VIP Program, is a frequent contributor to Inuit Accountants News Central, and has developed Intuit’s QuickBooks Enterprise Certification training. She has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, BusinessWeek, American Express Open, the Huffington Post, and Inc. Magazine.

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