Simple Tricks for Faster Email

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Hi, I’m Samuel Striker, a business and sales expert.

On average, office workers spend at least two hours a day on their email. However, while sending emails might feel productive, it does not help you grow professionally. Here are some time-saving hacks to keep email time down.

If you are always sending similar emails – your address, your elevator pitch, you availability – then craft a few templates for responses in Gmail. This will allow you to dish out responses much more quickly.

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Avoid unnecessary emails by sending a text, IM or by just walking over and talking in person. E-mail might not always be the best or most efficient method of communication, so you could save yourself and others valuable time by varying your methods.

Click the “unsubscribe” button as much as possible to get rid of spam emails or unread newsletters. Don’t just shovel them into a folder you never want to open—stop them before they ever have a chance to get to you.

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Stop treating email as an ever-growing to-do list and instead act on them immediately.

Make a daily routine, develop habits (including segmenting out time slots for when you respond to email) and stick to them.

Quit overdoing your inbox filing system. It can get in the way because you still might not recall which folder you put a message in; instead, try using different labels—this will not move messages, but it will allow you to search by label when needed.

Keep your subject lines and email body shorter. People are more responsive to emails that are concise; a wall of text is overwhelming and likely to get lost in the pile.

We’ve all experienced how much of a time-suck dealing with e-mail can be, especially when there is a high volume of incoming email each day. What tips or tricks have you used to cut your email time down?

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Turn Failure In Sales Into Success

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This is Samuel Striker, manager at KMG Consultants Inc. The feeling of failure is unpleasant to say the least. Success in everything sounds satisfying, but realistically, everything can’t go that way. We all run into times when we are prevented from succeeding and we will have to accept getting disappointed from time to time. Learning from this is how we turn failure into success.

A big mistake people in sales always make is believing that failure is final. This is never true; failure is only temporary, and when looking through this type of lens, things can be seen differently. There will always be situations when the fear of failing can control a person’s mind. By eliminating this point of view, better opportunities can be available to thrive.

Failure in sales can be treated the same way as failure in anything else. Sometimes you won’t find that dream customer, or you do not believe in the product as much as you should. Realize that this negativity comes with working in sales, and with every failure comes an eventual success.

It doesn’t hurt to prepare for mistakes. Accept the inevitability of failure. There will always be errors and sometimes it’s out of control. Understand that a level of realism needs to be accepted to cope with failure. It can create balance in your life and let you grow stronger.

Don’t let the fear of failing get to you. Recognize that this negativity will come and go. The reality is that recovery with added knowledge and insight will eventually come. There are countless people who have failed but have learned from it and came back stronger than ever. Learn how they did it instead of just focusing on your personal problems. Failure will also make you more humble. It’s going to knock you off your pedestal and help you find the right course.

Finally, review what failure has taught you. Learning from letdowns is a process and a skill that can be honed. Failure in our time today isn’t valued like it should; it can help mature a person, as well as help them develop persistence, self-discipline, and hard work. Most of all, it will aid in finding what your best self truly is.

If there’s anything to take away from this post, it’s that getting caught up with failure will only lead to more failure. Take advantage of this and become the success you’ve always pictured.

Samuel Striker