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 ]



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12 responses to “How To Write An Email To Someone For The First Time”

  1. Jerry says:

    So for those who just want to say “Hi, i’m a fan of yours” or “Have a look at that, what do u think”, they have to write all those things..

    I say, B.S.

  2. Thomas says:

    Is that how Colombian email scammers do it?

  3. Matthias says:

    I am not really sure if “Hey” is the appropriate word here, especially if you’re writing to a business contact…

  4. CyberTramp says:


    Very good indeed. I wonder what provoked this?

  5. [commenter] says:

    This is a concise reply expounding on the wisdom exhibited in this post.

    [insert word of encouragement], [author of this blog]!

  6. komiska says:

    nice [commenter] comment! i wonder, too, what was the background story of this post :-)))

  7. Estelle says:

    Thank you. If you keep getting traffic here for years to come it may be because I am responding to recruiters with a link to this post.

  8. Nikunj says:

    Nice template, the no third paragraph & 50 line disclaimer is a good idea.

  9. Amonymous says:

    Also no huge signatures with silly logos.

    Don’t tell me to not print your email.

  10. Email composition and really verbal reasoning in general is one of the most important and yet neglected skills out there. Especially among tech types. Nice post :-)

  11. Trey says:

    Then someone copy and pasted this into an email, at the bottom for reference, and sends it without taking this part out :p


  12. Helge Hofstad says:

    Nice post, Chris!

    ‘mispelled’ intentionally, or did you actually misspell that word?

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