Yes, I need a response!

9 Surprisingly Simple Ways To Get People To Respond To Your Email

“We get an average of 120 emails every day. Here’s how to make your messages stand out and actually get a response.” Stephanie Vozza, author at FastCompany.com has 9 suggestions on creating smarter emails that elicit a response.

  1. Ask for a response in the subject line
  2. Change the subject line when the topic changes
  3. Don ‘t skip the greeting
  4. Start your message with a clear request
  5. Stay in the sweet spot when it comes to length
  6. Use third-grade language
  7. Use emotion
  8. Use rich text
  9. Be strategic about when you send your message

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Harnessing Technology

Communication with a sense of urgency!

Those who have embraced the electronic age can now stay in touch faster and more frequently than with conventional mail. However, today email is also one of the biggest paper-generating technologies in the home and office.

Manage email overabundance by establishing effective boundaries.  Set up an electronic file system which correlates to your current paper-based system. This means setting up folders and subfolders that will provide easy retrieval of information. These folders are not a mere dumping ground, but a system for messages that you will need to review at some point.

Inbox subfolders may contain pertinent information from a client which can be linked directly client’s
contact folder to keep related documents together. Other subfolders may contain information for projects-
in-process, pending orders, association or committee information, or financial documents. If you are unfamiliar with all the options available with your email software then it is time to hit the “Help” button
or Google for an answer to use your system more effectively.

Many email systems have built-in reminders and alarms you set for specific dates and times. Color-coding and flagging messages are options to tickle your memory. You may also be able to establish rules and alerts that automatically move message to subfolders as soon as they arrive in the inbox. People who use Microsoft Outlook will find that the Calendar, Inbox, Tasks, Journal and Notes link directly to the Contact folder. There is a huge benefit from knowing all the available options in the system you are using. Knowledge is power in controlling the inbox influx.

This fast-track superhighway of communications has ignited a sense of urgency in our lives resulting in a higher level of stress as we try to keep up. Take control of your inbox today.

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Email Management

Inbox Zero

According to Evernote author, Lolitta Gevorkova, everyday is the perfect day to clear your email inbox. Otherwise called, “Inbox zero” which is an email management approach that keeps things tidy and organized. With appropriate labeling you can find that information when you want/need it.

The goal is to have no emails in the inbox by the end of the day. This requires checking incoming mail and performing an action.

Do it today and reap the benefits of an organized inbox.
Do it today and reap the benefits of an organized inbox.
  • If the email is simply for reference, then read, file, archive or delete.
  • If action is required, decide when you will handle the request, schedule time on your calendar, and move email to Task.
  • If you need to wait for further information, set up a subfolder and move the email to its appropriate spot. So you don’t forget, set up reminders.
  • Using Evernote, create notebooks for upcoming travel itineraries, reference information that needs to be maintained, digital documents, and so much more.

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Happy Birthday National Park Service

The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916.  However, Yellowstone National Park was established by an Act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the nation’s first national park.

On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service will celebrate its centennial. That’s 100 years spent protecting awe-inspiring Alaskan glaciers, spectacularly craggy Maine coastlines, and geothermal wonders in Wyoming. Whether you’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon (and you absolutely should – the hype is well-placed) or want to re-enact Star Wars without leaving the country (hello, Great Sand Dunes National Park), now is the time to get out there and experience America’s unrivaled great outdoors.  —Jayna Maleri

Over the years, my sister and I have traveled to many of our National Parks and loved the beauty and diversity of each one. There are several videos of our adventures on “Blast from the Past” page. Check them out.

Why not resolve to visit our national treasures this year and celebrate National Park Service.  Click here for more information.

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