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How To Write An Email To Someone For The First Time

Hey [person’s name not mispelled],

This is a quick paragraph to explain 1) who I am 2) what I want 3) that I understand who you are. This gets to the point quickly and serves as proof that I’m a real human being who knows how to communicate well.

This is an optional additional paragraph that expounds upon what I want. It includes links so that I can learn more about the topic of this email without needing to clutter it. These links serve as further proof that the topic of this email is a Real Thing™.

This paragraph doesn’t exist because three paragraphs is too long for a first-time email.

Appropriate Signoff,
– Your Full Name
Optional personal weblink or phone number

[ No ridiculous 50-line disclaimer ]