How to E-mail Busy People

It’s no secret that today’s world is highly interconnected and more interdependent than ever before.  And, in order to succeed in this world, obtaining the right guidance is more important than ever before.  The challenge, however, is that many times, the people you seek guidance from are not directly connected to you – so, how do you ask for help?  In many cases, we do what we feel most comfortable with:  e-mail. It provides us the ability to reach out while still remaining in our comfort zone.

The challenge with e-mail, as with many initial communication methods, is that there is an art behind getting what you want without burdening the other person. All too often, we’re a mixed bag of information and rarely communicate all that we want to on the first attempt.  In fact, many times we find ourselves reflecting back on the conversation either regretting something we said, or worse, didn’t say.

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Vikas Khanna, PKE MBA '11
Vikas is recent graduate from the Presidential and Key Executive MBA Program (Cohort #126) at Pepperdine University's Graziadio School of Business and Management. He is founder and managing director at Zoovee Ventures, an angel investment and business advisory firm. An entrepreneur, investor and advisor, Vikas writes about write about business and venture capital topics on his blog blog.vikaskhanna.me.
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