Non-profit leaders are busy changing the world and don’t have a lot of time to answer emails. We can help our organizations be more effective by helping our people use email effectively.
A tip I’ve picked up is to clearly identify the purpose of your email in the first line.
ex. “This is for your information…” (This tells me that I can read this in a non-urgent way. It also tells me that I am not expected to respond).
ex. “Please respond by Friday… I am requesting…” (This tells me what you want and by when).
You’re more likely to get engagement from me over email by not making me guess at the purpose of your email.