Easy and uncommon

I’m sure that author and University of Pennsylvania professor Adam Grant gets a lot more email than I do, especially from people who are seeking (free) advice. But I still found myself nodding at almost all of his tips in this article, 6 Ways to Get Me to Email You Back.

Highs school students are likely to need to email teachers, counselors, or colleges with questions or requests for assistance. And a few pieces of Grant’s advice are solid in all of those scenarios, namely:

1. Show that you’ve done your homework (it’s lazy to ask someone for information that you could have found yourself with one Google search).
2. Make your request specific, and keep it short and sweet.
3. Express gratitude.

Easy to do. But not all that common.