Whether you’re reaching out to an old professor or emailing a new colleague for the first time, setting the right tone at the top of your email is vital. The right greeting can lure the recipient in, give them a sense of your personality, and open them up to what you have to say.
On the other hand, a miscalculated one may have them hitting delete before they get to the first line. Some people focus on making their business emails sound professional, but according to Boomerang data scientist Brendan Greenley, this doesn’t always produce the best results. If you’re looking to get a response, you should start off with a greeting that’s casual and friendly rather than overly formal.
Author: Michele Debczak