Write to Invite a Response
If you want a response, then your email must be even more simple and brief. Emails written at a third-grade reading level are considered optimal, with a 36% boost in response over emails written at a college reading level. And response rates are highest when emails are between 50 and 125 words long. Plain language in email even increases client satisfaction by 17%.
Edit Email Aggressively
The above statistics show that a well-written email is a well-received email. So edit aggressively.
Standard advice is to edit and revise your email based on audience size: For audiences of 1 to 5 recipients, make 2 to 4 revisions; for 5 to 10 recipients, make 8 to 12 revisions; for company-wide messages, make 30 to 50 revisions.
The purpose of editing and revising your email is to make it clear and concise. As with any writing, the more effort your reader must invest in discerning your basic meaning, the less likely it is that your reader will move on to higher-level critical thinking. Make it easy for your reader through writing in active voice, choosing simple words, using proper grammar and punctuation, and organizing your text with headings and white space. Writing professors say that small errors such as “missing punctuation, grammar oversights, awkward syntax, and semantic inconsistencies” can be distracting enough to preclude high-level reasoning. So edit and proofread to avoid those errors.
Write Better Business Emails
It’s time to reject the perception of email as informal and unimportant. In fact, email’s time-sensitive nature, electronic format, and divided attention make it more important to be clear and concise in email. Your colleagues, clients, and other businesspeople expect better. WordRake can help you send better business emails in Microsoft Outlook. It will help you edit for clarity and brevity—just like you would edit a letter in Microsoft Word, functioning just like track changes.
WordRake uses complex, patented algorithms to reduce jargon, remove meaningless words, spot redundancies and clichés, and move modifiers next to the words they modify. It will also find weak lead-ins, high-level grammatical slips, and more. And if you’re too casual in email, WordRake can make conversational language sound more professional. When you Rake an email, you'll get suggestions like:
I would like to schedule a meeting with you next week to discuss our strategy and address any questions you may have questions.
While I understand your perspective, current legal precedents and statutory interpretations suggest that proceeding with this action would likely not result in a favorable outcome.
Please find attached I have attached the detailed marketing plan.
In order to To continue making progress on your case we require some additional more documentation.
Please provide these documents at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or need assistance need help in gathering this information, do not hesitate to contact please contact me.
I've adjusted the budget to allocate more resources set aside more resources towards online webinars and demo sessions.
In the spirit of professionalism and cooperation, I look forward to working with you towards a resolution of towards resolving this matter.
I believe this This extension will benefit both help both parties by allowing for a more thorough preparation and can prevent the need for further delays in the future delays.
I am in receipt of I have received your discovery request. We are currently in the process of gathering the requested documents and information.
Our focus should be on maximizing engagement with tech-savvy professionals, as they represent they are our largest customer base.
Additionally, I suggest we prioritize focus on lead generation in our marketing efforts to ensure a robust strong pipeline for the sales team.
The use of Using anonymized case studies combined with a focus on our firm's history is exactly what we were looking for.
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We have reason to believe that We believe a short text is read more than a long text.
After performing a critical review of must-have clauses and simplifying the language, we managed to draft drafted a 2,317-word agreement.
I've reviewed the revised the new proposal with our partners, and we are delighted with the adjustments the changes.
WordRake won’t magically generate your email to an important client, but it will help you write a clear, concise email that all readers will love. Download WordRake and watch it ripple through your email drafts, suggesting edits in-line. You decide which edits you like.
WordRake is the only clear and concise email editor for professionals. It runs in Microsoft Outlook for Windows. Try WordRake free for seven days.
About the Author
Ivy B. Grey is the Chief Strategy & Growth Officer for WordRake. Prior to joining the team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. In 2020, Ivy was recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA. She has also been recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Follow Ivy on Twitter @IvyBGrey or connect with her on LinkedIn.