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By PASCAL FINETTE

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Feb 22nd, 2014

How To Ask For Help

A few days ago Mattan Griffel published an excellent article on Medium about “How to get a busy person to respond to your email”. If you haven’t read it yet — I can highly recommend it. And: As someone who receives a decent amount of email and generally tries to be helpful I couldn’t agree more.

Ironically — hours after I read Mattan’s article I received the following email:

Hello Pascal …

[REDACTED] who is working with us mentioned that we should reach out and connect with you and your related services. We would be most interested in discussing with you items of mutual interest and benefit.

Looking forward to additional feedback ….

To be honest — I have no idea how to respond to this request. What are “items of mutual interest and benefit”? And what is “additional feedback” without giving me any context?

So — do yourself a favor and read Mattan’s article. And keep asking for help — just make sure that you make it as easy for the person on the other side to actually help you as possible. :)


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