Always Follow Up

Most people that know me will likely say that I’m not the quickest replier via text or email, far from it, though it’s an area I’m trying to improve on.

I’ll see a message or email on my phone, make a mental note to respond later in the day, and then completely forget to respond.

It’s not that I think the message is not worth my time, I’m intentionally ignoring you, or that I don’t like you. It’s just that it slipped my mind.

Before, I used to think that if someone didn’t reply to me it’s because I was annoying them or they don’t like me. Especially if it’s someone I respect, it takes courage to reach out and ask for help. I was already putting myself out there. And I thought it would be annoying to constantly follow up.

But following up is actually quite considerate. When someone follows up with me, I appreciate it. It brings the topic back to my attention.

Especially if I’m reaching out to an entrepeneur or a C-suite executive, I understand that their inbox is crazy and they’re really busy.

When it comes to messaging people, especially for cold emails, give the other person the benefit of the doubt, and follow up.

Derek Sivers’ Repeatedly follow-up to show you care and Alexey Guzey’s It Is Your Responsibility to Follow Up is top of mind

March 4, 2021

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