We’ve all met someone who tells how to build a watch when we ask them what time it is. Sometimes it’s entertaining, but more often than not you focus more on how much of your time they’re consuming than how charming they are. The same is true with writing, particularly email. So cut to the chase.Leon Ho has posted his rationale for writing short emails on LifeHack, and his assessment is dead-on accurate. A paraphrasing of his rationale:
* More words increase the probability of message delivery errors.
* Fewer words increase the likelihood that your recipients will digest your idea completely.
* Fewer words make each word more important.
* Tight word counts force precise writing.
* Fewer words take less time to read.
As Ho says, “why write a long email, when you could write a short one.”