Five Key Reasons to Follow Up

Playing the waiting game is one of the most frustrating parts of any communications process (phone, email, instant message), regardless of your end goal. However, the frustration increases when you have a deadline looming overhead. Yet, so many of us choose not to follow up and expect that whoever we reached out to will get back to us in due time. Unfortunately, that’s very rarely the case.

After all, your priorities often don’t align with someone else’s. That’s why you need to follow up. If you have the time available, I recommend giving it at minimum a week before you reach out. Naturally there are exceptions, such as a missed deadline or a prioritized task. But typically if you have the time, give the other person some leeway. After all, they don’t like looking at their inbox any more than you do.

Don’t believe me? Great. Here are 5 reasons that back my claim.

*If you really can’t reach them, pick up a phone!

1. YOUR EMAIL GOT LOST IN THEIR INBOX

2. THEY TYPED OUT A REPLY AND GOT DISTRACTED

3. THEY’RE NOT THE DECISION MAKER

4. THEY SIMPLY FORGOT

5. LAST MINUTE EMERGENCY

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