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Awesome Email: 10 Email Principles to Improve Your Communication and Accelerate Your Career by Felix Haller outlines 10 principles to improve your communication skills. Trying to read Felix’s introductory example email frustrated me. The random approach in this email obstructed my comprehension. In contrast, his simple tips for writing emails demonstrated clarity. His principles all seem obvious, yet we all experience trying to wade through wordy, cluttered emails daily. And we may have contributed to other peoples’ frustration too. After reading this powerful little handbook, you will want your emails to be simple and effective, adding value to the dialogue. The most valuable principle is #1 to Craft Insightful Subject Lines. The Subject Line should serve as a To-Do List, easy to skim through and file or action. Other principles like clear action requests, context, who to include, and when to exclude are all outlined. He also explains how to create scannable emails, how to use bullet points, the importance of layout, and various reply options.
Felix Haller’s Awesome Email is a valuable resource for everyone who writes. His #2 principle titled Think of Your Readers First will help you clarify your thinking to construct your communication effectively. You will achieve results in a shorter time frame, with all parties understanding the expectations. Your readers will value your emails. Your communication will be intentional and professional. Felix says some principles will help you achieve rapid results whereas others may take a little longer to apply. I am already adopting Felix's Awesome Email principles to improve my email. I expect this will also save my writing time. Don't underestimate the power of this little book; it is a valuable read.