6 Creative Intros Beyond “I Hope This Email Finds You Well”
By | Regina Borsellino | www.themuse.com
How many times have you opened up an email draft and started mindlessly typing, “I hope this email finds you well”? In moments where I’m struggling to think of an opening line, I occasionally find myself grasping for this old standby. Sure, it’s cliché, but it gets the job done, right?
Well, is “getting the job done” your goal with every email? Probably not. You probably want your emails to stand out a bit. And if it’s a particularly important message, where you’re asking for something or trying to make a sale, for example, you definitely don’t want to start off with an opening line that bores your reader at best.
So what can you do instead? Here are a few strategies for starting your emails, along with some example language, so you always have an alternative to, “I hope this email finds you well.”
If you’re emailing someone who doesn’t know you—or who may not immediately recognize your name—the first thing on their mind when they click on it won’t be, “Gosh, I hope this stranger hopes I’m well!” It’ll be, “Wait, who is this?” So answer that question for them immediately. That way, they can focus on the rest of your message without having to wonder if you met at that one holiday party with the open bar or if you’re one of the 20 people who started at the company last week.
Keep it brief—usually one sentence or less will suffice—and stick to introducing yourself as it’s relevant to the recipient. For example:
- I’m Karthya, the new social media coordinator working under Alyssa.
- I’m an account executive with Magik Inc, and I’m wondering if you’d be interested in learning more about our new line of crystal balls.
- My name is Paolo, and I’m a software engineer at Tech Co.
- We met at the Las Vegas Video Editors Conference last month.