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8 Nutty(?) Ideas for Bankers on Managing E-Mail


Have you just returned from a short vacation and found 630 e-mail messages waiting for you? You might just be interested in these eight suggestions on how to cut down on e-mail from a recent book entitled The Tyranny of E-Mail:

  1. Think before you send it. Is it really necessary?
  2. Don’t check it first thing in the morning or late at night.  Who are you trying to impress? There are enough workaholics out there.
  3. Check your e-mail twice a day. OK, that may not be possible in your current job. But how about once an hour?
  4. Keep a written to-do list that includes e-mail messages you need to send. Do it all at once.
  5. Give good e-mail. Keep them short. Use the subject line. No silly “Thank you” messages.
  6. Read the entire incoming e-mail before replying.
  7. Do not debate complex or sensitive matters by e-mail. Call or better yet, walk down the hall and talk face-to-face.
  8. Schedule media-free time every day. LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, e-mail—there are other ways to connect with people. And other things to do with your life.

Agree or disagree? Let me know any ways you’re coping with the deluge of e-mail at

If you’re interested in tips on how bankers are using letters and e-mails to get in the door with prospects, check out a recent article by Ned Miller at



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