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You’re probably used to waiting and waiting for an email response from a busy person. Here’s how to cast a line that actually hooks a fish:

Subject line. Many people won’t even open an email if the subject line doesn’t catch their attention. Something generic like “Quick question” is less likely to be answered than something more specific like “Checking on status of project due Friday”. Try using numbers in a subject line to grab attention too.

Shorter is better. Keep your message short and to the point. The recipient is more likely to finish reading a whole email if it is shorter.

Make it simple for them to reply. If you need people’s opinion on something, supply a list of possible options for them to quickly pick from. Or if you just need a confirmation, set them up to send a yes-or-no reply.

— Adapted from “4 Tips to Get Busy People to Read Your Emails,” Gina Belli, PayScale.

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