Do Your Work Emails Get Ignored? Here Are 4 Tips To Make Sure People Read And Reply

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Last night, I read a tweet that’s funny, true and incredibly sad.

“Every job now is just answering emails.”

Even though email communication seemed on the decline a few years ago, it’s still one of the most popular ways to communicate at work. Especially for people revolting the Slack-ing off of the average workplace.

With email being a preferred method of workplace communication, it’s important to remember exactly how to write an effective email.

If many of your email requests go unread or largely ignore, it’s probably all your fault.

Steve Jobs was considered a master communicator. The Apple founder even figured out a way to get people to respond to his every wish in email and not just because he was Steve Jobs.

Inc. broke down Jobs’s techniques in email correspondence.

The four points are simple and effective.

To recap:

  1. Always use first names to refer to people.
  2. Make it easy to read using a list format or bullet points.
  3. Lose the jargon, buzzwords and complicated language.
  4. Proofread and proofread again.

Also, never use emojis. Not if you want to be taken seriously.


Chris Illuminati is a 5-time published author and recovering a**hole who writes about success, fitness, parenting and professional wrestling. Reach out to him on Instagram & Twitter or email