How to write a follow-up email: Here's the exact template to send a new connection without seeming annoying or needy, by Selena Soo
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Remember," she writes, "the person you've just met is busy just like you. Keep your follow-up email simple and thoughtful."
She provides the following template anyone can use:
It was great meeting you at [Event Name].
[Share something specific you discussed, such as a current project or something in their personal life – like, "I loved hearing about the e-book you're writing."]
[Offer value – share an idea that could be useful to them, or connect them to a person or resource.]
[Wrap the email up. For example: "I look forward to staying in touch!", or "I hope to see you at next month's networking event."]
[Sign off – i.e., "Warmly, Miranda"]
[Include your signature, including your website and links to social media]
In it, she's used the three rules of follow-ups she shares in the guide. In her words, those are:
- Follow up on things you know the person is interested in based on your conversation with them. (For example, a book you talked about, a video or interview you think they'd find interesting.)
- Don't ask, "How are you doing?" in the follow-up email.(You don't want to make a busy person explain what's happening in her life.)
- Don't ask for big favors right away. (You're still developing the relationship.)
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