The Email Subject Line is Important

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Emails that lack subject lines, or have generic one- or two-word subject lines, are frustrating to receive. Many of us get hundreds of emails a day. Non-specific subject lines are time-wasters for email readers who are sifting through many emails trying to pick out the urgent and actionable ones.

Write something specific in the subject lines of the emails you send. Tell your reader the gist of the message and the action you expect. Many readers sift through emails on handhelds and detailed subject lines facilitate out-of-the-office reading and responding. Your emails will get quicker attention and faster responses. And you may be surprised at your own ability to distill your message into a short phrase.

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