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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

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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