Can you tell me in five sentences or less?

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Mike Davidson has had it with e-mail overload, with spending more time decyphering those lengthy, confusing e-mails than it takes the senders to write them. And he’s not taking it anymore. Mike has instituted a five-sentence policy that he “explains” to the recipients of his e-mails via his signature, which reads, “Q: Why is this e-mail five sentences or less? A: http://five.sentenc.es.” What do you think — is Mike onto something? [KR]

Mike Davidson has had it with e-mail overload, with spending more time decyphering those lengthy, confusing e-mails than it takes the senders to write them. And he’s not taking it anymore. Mike has instituted a five-sentence policy that he “explains” to the recipients of his e-mails via his signature, which reads, “Q: Why is this e-mail five sentences or less? A: http://five.sentenc.es.” What do you think — is Mike onto something? [KR]

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  1. Posted by Alex Wijnen on 01.26.12 at 1:06 pm

    Sorry, but that wouldn’t work for me… In many cases, my clients don’t give me enough information and I’m either forced to make assumptions and potentially waste time or to email follow-up questions and having to delay a project while waiting for answers.

    Maybe a better approach would be to start writing in short bullet form:
    • cuts down the length of the email
    • keeps things to the point
    • easy on the eyes to follow along

  2. Posted by notely on 01.27.12 at 5:36 pm

    1. So glad I read this 2. I agree with everything. 3. From now on, my emails will be five sentences or less. 4.Or at least I will try. 5. impressed you wrote the post in five sentences … and that made me smile the most.

  3. Posted by Kapri on 03.2.14 at 10:04 am

    Halajluelh! I needed this-you’re my savior.

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