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  • I'm the creator of STORY in Chicago and the author of DREAM YEAR (Portfolio | Penguin). My wife Ainsley and I live in Virginia Beach with our four kids Wyatt, Dylan, Cody & Annie

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Maybe,

I enjoyed the content of this post very much. I think you are onto something.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Felicity

haha =)

Agreed. Sad that so many seem to be sacrificing thoughtfulness for speed without realizing they are giving up impact along the way.

And Ben is not just writing this--he really does this!!

Ben, even the first email you ever sent me in response to an inquiry was written with great intention and sincerity--even though you didn't know me from Adam! Even from one email, I felt seen and heard. That's big.

Thanks for modeling this, Ben, and for speaking to it now! It matters a great deal in this day and age.

Amen, and amen.

I love the tangent and agree (and am guilty).

Here is something that I use to keep me from sending first draft emails: http://www.boomeranggmail.com/

It is something that works with Gmail and allows you to schedule emails that go out as well set a follow up reminder if the other person has not gotten back to you.

Great free service

I didn't do it. It wasn't me!

I am chief of sinners on this one. I knock out emails 99% from my phone, in a hurry, and get very lazy. You've encountered this from me, no doubt! :(
Good reminder to pause and consider the impact (especially in an ask!) of our communication.

Ben,
I 100% agree with this. This makes me feel way less guilty for the amount of time I "waste" editing and perfecting my emails. For me it is all driven by one of my professional goals i set a few years ago: "I want people to eagerly read & respond to my emails."

So good! Thank you for being that kind of person! you influence many, and helping to redefine communication. THANKS!

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