6 Lessons You Need To Discover Prior To Writing Your Next Follow-Up Email

6 Lesson Follow Up Email Has this ever occurred to you?

You met a fantastic person at a networking occasion and you had an excellent conversation. You send out a follow-up e-mail and get no action.

This used to occur to me all the time till a very wise individual explained what I was doing wrong.

I made the whole follow-up e-mail about how the other individual could assist ME!

I was advised by my old ways when a reader sent me a follow-up e-mail and asked why he didn’t get a response.

I’m going to break down where he went wrong (he gave me permission) and reveal you how to write a best follow-up e-mail.

Ben’s Follow-Up Email

” I have a question about the post-networking

I have actually composed an e-mail to thank someone, however unfortunately I didn’t get a reply. I believed we had a great chat during the networking as both people worked for the same company in the past. What should I make with it?

This is the e-mail I wrote to her:

Dear Amy,

I delighted in conference you at last week’s networking session and talking with you about your business. Many of all, it was incredible to find out both of us utilized to work for Acme Company.

Since our conversation, I visited your site. I am extremely impressed by the work your company is doing and I would take pleasure in talking with you about it further.

Here are some concerns I want to ask,

  • When would be the suitable time duration for me to request the 2014 summer internship? How lots of rounds of interview will be and what kind of interview will they be?
  • This might be a personal concern, but I want to discover if possible. What determined you to sign up with XYZ Accounting Company from Acme Company? What was the primary difference/main difficulty for you when you recently joined CVCI?

I would benefit enormously from your gold mine of experience and I am quite anticipating chatting with you again.



Initially glance you might believe Ben’s e-mail is excellent:

  • He advises her what they share
  • He went to the site before sending out the e-mail
  • He even asks about her career

However if you put yourself in Amy’s shoes you’ll find several errors that result in her disregarding the email.

Lesson One: Personalization is Necessary

Dear Amy,

I delighted in meeting you at last week’s networking session and talking with you about your business.

  • Always include the name of the networking occasion where you met (people go to lots of occasions).
  • Consist of the name of the business where the individual works.

When composing a networking follow-up e-mail, you don’t desire the person to believe you sent out the exact same e-mail to everyone. Take the additional time to consist of where you met and the business name.

Lesson 2: Find Ways You Can Increase Reliability

Many of all, it was amazing to discover both of us utilized to work for Acme Company.

  • This is a terrific line. You develop something you have in typical, however you can take it an action even more. Ask her if she knows a specific individual at the business.

Knowing somebody at the company increases your credibility. You might also, examine to see if you have any typical connections on LinkedIn.

Lesson 3: Make Your Call To Action Clear

Considering that our conversation, I visited your site. I am very impressed by the work your company is doing and I would enjoy talking with you about it even more.

  • Let her know what pleased you and why. It will reveal that you actually checked out the website. Anybody can say, “I’m extremely impressed by the work your business has actually done.”
  • Don’t be vague with your ask! When would you like to talk? Next week? Next month? Over coffee? On the phone?

Do not develop work for the other individual! Recommend how you wish to communicate (Skype, email, coffee) and when.

Lesson 4: Be Patient and Don’t Request Something Right Now

Here are some concerns I wish to ask,

Never Try To Close On The First Transaction When would be the appropriate time duration for me to apply for the 2014 summertime internship? The number of rounds of interview will be and what sort of interview will be?

  • You just satisfied the person and your inquiring about a potential task. You might probably find the response to this on the company’s website. Do not ask questions that you can easily discover the responses to.
  • Secondly, you make it appear like you’re not thinking about the internship if the procedure is long. Does it really matter the number of rounds of interviews there are if you truly wish to work for the business?

Conserve any concern about possible job opportunities for when you meet in person. As Gary Vaynerchuk would state, “Don’t pull the 19- year-old-dude proceed social media. You must never ever attempt to close on the very first deal.”

Lesson Five: Keep The Questions Simple And To A Minimum

— This may be an individual concern however I would like to learn if possible. What motivated you to join XYZ Accounting from Acme Company? What was the primary difference/main obstacle for you when you freshly joined XYZ Accounting?

  • The concern seems harmless, but why someone leaves a company can be extremely individual (bad manager, they were laid off, etc.).
  • Do not focus on difficulties individuals deal with in their profession, especially if you don’t know them that well.

You don’t wish to ask a question that could make the other person unpleasant and have to concentrate on their difficulties. Keep the questions to a minimum. You can ask more concerns when you fulfill face to face.

Lesson Six: Deal Value. It’s Not About YOU!

I would benefit significantly from your gold mine of experience and I am quite looking forward to talking with you again.

  • Saying that you would “benefit enormously” makes it seems like you’re just utilizing them. The email ought to concentrate on the other individual be all about them and not how they can help you.

Concentrate On how the other individual will take advantage of meeting you. Not how you will benefit.

Let’s wrap-up the lessons genuine quick:

6 Lessons for a Follow Up Email

If Ben Sent The Email Below, He Would Have Gotten a Reaction

” Dear Amy,

It was a pleasure meeting you at the Accounting Mixer last Wednesday. I actually enjoyed talking with you about all the fantastic work you are presently doing at XYZ Accounting. It’s actually funny that we both worked at Acme Business. Do you take place to understand Joe Jackson? He’s an actually excellent man and taught me a load about accounting.

I went to XYZ Accounting’s site and the innovative work you provided for ABC Corp was fantastic. It would be fantastic to hear how you broke into the accounting industry and the role you presently play at the company. Would you be up for conference for coffee? There is a terrific coffee shop right by your office. Would you be able to break away for 15-20 minutes this Thursday at 2: 00 PM? If not, I can make myself offered anytime on Friday.

Best relates to,


P.S. If you don’t understand Joe, I would enjoy to introduce you to him.”

Here’s How Each Lesson Is Included Into The Follow-Up Email

  • Personalization is Vital: You advise them where you fulfilled and consist of the company name where Amy works.
  • Discover Ways to Increase Credibility: You advise them that you worked at the exact same company and point out another individual who operates at the company.
  • Make Your Call To Action Clear: You ask to satisfy for coffee and offer her 2 possible days to pick from.
  • Be Client and Don’t Ask For Something Immediately: Rather of asking her about an internship, you ask her about her profession. Individuals love speaking about themselves!
  • Keep The Questions Simple And To A Minimum: The only question you ask is if she will fulfill you for coffee.
  • Deal Value. It’s Not About YOU!: You use to present her to Joe.

Once you go out for coffee and begin talking about her profession, then you can inquire about the internship, if it makes sense.

You can say, “I observed your business has a summertime internship program. Do you have any suggestions on how I can increase my possibilities of being picked? I ‘d love to discover from some of the very best and brightest in the market”

After you satisfy, make certain you send a GREAT thank you note

A badly built follow-up e-mail can destroy your opportunities of connecting with an individual you fulfilled at an occasion. Include these lessons in your follow-up e-mails and you’ll get a reaction!

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