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I try to keep most emails short: (Approximately) 3 sentences, broken into 3 paragraphs.

That's most peoples' attention span for email.

I only write longer emails when someone asks me a question; such as when a manager asks me to research and root cause something. Even then, I usually try to follow the 3-line rule, then put a ----, and then the longer email.

BTW: When I get a very loooong email, sent directly to me, I don't read it. I will usually reply with something like, "I don't read long emails" and suggest that the author find time to meet with me directly.




> reply with something like, "I don't read long emails" and suggest that the author find time to meet with me directly.

Everyone you suggested that to thinks you are a dick. They spent half an hour or more writing just so you can absorb the information asynchronously at your convenience rather than having to schedule yet-another meeting and take notes -- and then you want to waste another half-hour of their time because you can't be bothered reading.


It's usually not a case of "absorb the information asynchronously," instead, it's being upfront with ignoring rants.




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