Haven’t you had the experience of sending an email out, only to get half the questions unanswered?
So here’s what happens. You send out an email with a whole bunch of questions.
You expect a response to all the questions.
But a good chunk of questions go unanswered.
Why is this the case?
The reason why questions go unanswered is because:
1) Too many questions are asked at one go–in an unstructured way.
2) The person receiving the questions, isn’t sure if it’s a question or just a comment.
3) The questions aren’t stacked up like this
These are my questions:
So how do you get your questions answered?
1) Ask ONE question in ONE email.
2) If you need to ask several questions, list the questions. And tell the person you’re emailing that you’d like the answers to all the questions listed.
At the end of the day, you’ll probably have better success by asking one question at a time. It’s a factor of consumption. Five questions becomes a buffet. I might put it off till later. One question, I can handle right now. So now, you’re not only increasing consumption, but also getting a speedy response because you’re not dumping dozens of questions and comments on me at one go.
I see one question. I answer it.
I see ten questions. I put it off.
I see random questions and comments. I answer half.
If at all.