6 Lessons You Need To Learn Before Writing Your Next Follow-Up Email

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

You fulfilled a terrific individual at a networking event and you had a great discussion. You send a follow-up email and get no action.

This used to occur to me all the time till a very smart person pointed out what I was doing wrong.

I made the entire follow-up email about how the other person could assist ME!

I was advised by my old methods when a reader sent me a follow-up email and asked why he didn’t get a reaction.

I’m going to break down where he went incorrect (he provided me approval) and show you how to compose a best follow-up email.

Ben’s Follow-Up Email

” I have a concern about the post-networking

I have actually written an e-mail to thank somebody, however sadly I didn’t get a reply. I thought we had a good chat throughout the networking as both people worked for the exact same business previously. What should I finish with it?

This is the e-mail I wrote to her:

Dear Amy,

I delighted in meeting you at last week’s networking session and talking with you about your business. Many of all, it was fantastic to discover both of us utilized to work for Acme Business.

Considering that our conversation, I visited your website. I am extremely impressed by the work your company is doing and I would delight in talking with you about it even more.

Here are some questions I want to ask,

  • When would be the appropriate time duration for me to request the 2014 summertime internship? The number of rounds of interview will be and what sort of interview will they be?
  • This might be an individual concern, but I wish to find out if possible. What determined you to sign up with XYZ Accounting Business from Acme Company? What was the main difference/main challenge for you when you recently joined CVCI?

I would benefit significantly from your gold mine of experience and I am extremely much anticipating talking with you again.



At very first look you might think Ben’s e-mail is excellent:

  • He advises her what they share
  • He went to the website before sending out the email
  • He even asks about her career

However if you put yourself in Amy’s shoes you’ll discover several errors that cause her neglecting the email.

Lesson One: Personalization is Necessary

Dear Amy,

I took pleasure in conference you at last week’s networking session and talking with you about your company.

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

When writing a networking follow-up email, you don’t desire the individual to believe you sent out the exact same email to everybody. Take the extra time to consist of where you satisfied and the business name.

Lesson 2: Find Ways You Can Increase Reliability

Many of all, it was remarkable to discover out both people utilized to work for Acme Business.

  • This is a great line. You establish something you share, but you can take it an action further. Ask her if she understands a certain individual at the company.

Knowing someone at the company increases your trustworthiness. You might likewise, inspect to see if you have any common connections on LinkedIn.

Lesson 3: Make Your Call To Action Clear

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

  • Let her know what amazed you and why. It will show that you actually went to the website. Anyone can say, “I’m really impressed by the work your business has 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 create work for the other individual! Recommend how you wish to interact (Skype, email, coffee) and when.

Lesson 4: Be Patient and Do Not Request Something Right Now

Here are some concerns I want to ask,

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

  • You simply fulfilled the person and your asking them about a potential task. You could probably find the answer to this on the company’s site. Don’t ask concerns that you can easily find the answers to.
  • Second of all, you make it appear like you’re not interested in the internship if the process is long. Does it actually matter how numerous rounds of interviews there are if you actually want to work for the business?

Save any concern about prospective task opportunities for when you meet personally. As Gary Vaynerchuk would say, “Don’t pull the 19- year-old-dude relocation on social media. You need to never attempt to close on the very first transaction.”

Lesson Five: Keep The Questions Simple And To A Minimum

— This might be a personal concern however I wish to discover out if possible. What inspired you to join XYZ Accounting from Acme Business? What was the primary difference/main challenge for you when you newly joined XYZ Accounting?

  • The concern appears harmless, but why someone leaves a business can be very individual (bad boss, they were laid off, etc.).
  • Don’t concentrate on challenges individuals deal with in their profession, especially if you don’t understand them that well.

You do not desire to ask a question that could make the other individual uncomfortable and need to concentrate on their difficulties. Keep the concerns to a minimum. You can ask more questions when you satisfy personally.

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

I would benefit tremendously from your gold mine of experience and I am quite anticipating talking with you once again.

  • Saying that you would “benefit greatly” makes it sounds like you’re just using them. The email should concentrate on the other individual be all about them and not how they can assist you.

Focus on how the other individual will gain from conference you. Not how you will benefit.

Let’s wrap-up the lessons real fast:

6 Lessons for a Follow Up Email

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

” Dear Amy,

It was an enjoyment meeting you at the Accounting Mixer last Wednesday. I actually delighted in talking with you about all the terrific work you are presently doing at XYZ Accounting. It’s truly amusing that we both operated at Acme Business. Do you take place to know Joe Jackson? He’s an actually great guy and taught me a lot about accounting.

I went to XYZ Accounting’s website and the innovative work you provided for ABC Corp was amazing. It would be fantastic to hear how you burglarized the accounting industry and the function you currently dip into the company. Would you be up for meeting for coffee? There is a great coffee store 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 do not understand Joe, I would enjoy to present you to him.”

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

  • Personalization is Essential: You remind them where you fulfilled and include the company name where Amy works.
  • Discover Ways to Increase Trustworthiness: You remind them that you operated at the same business and discuss another person who works at the company.
  • Make Your Call To Action Clear: You ask to fulfill for coffee and give her 2 possible days to choose from.
  • Be Client and Don’t Request For Something Immediately: Rather of asking her about an internship, you ask her about her profession. People enjoy discussing themselves!
  • Keep The Questions Simple And To A Minimum: The only question you ask is if she will fulfill you for coffee.
  • Offer Value. It’s Not About YOU!: You use to present her to Joe.

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

You can state, “I discovered your business has a summer internship program. Do you have any advice on how I can increase my chances of being chosen? I ‘d like to discover from some of the very best and brightest in the market”

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

An inadequately constructed follow-up email can ruin your possibilities of connecting with an individual you satisfied at an event. Consist of these lessons in your follow-up emails and you’ll get an action!

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