Law Practice Tip #338
January 19, 2015

"Leave out the parts that people skip" when writing email

My tip this week is Google Exec Eric Schmidt's rule number two from his blog post, 9 rules for Emailing From Google Exec Eric Schmidt

"2. When writing an email, every word matters, and useless prose doesn't. Be crisp in your delivery. If you are describing a problem, define it clearly. Doing this well requires more time, not less. You have to write a draft then go through it and eliminate any words that arenít necessary. Think about the late novelist Elmore Leonardís response to a question about his success as a writer: 'I leave out the parts that people skip.' Most emails are full of stuff that people can skip."

Rule number 8 in Schmidt's list is an especially good tip too. It's always a good idea to make it easy for people to get back to you.

What will you do to make handling your email easier?

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