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How to politely remind someone to reply

Someone asked on Apr 29, 2017 - 1 answer

Hi there,

I was going through my e-mails and compiling my networking endeavors from the present month and notice that a few of them were left in a "limbo".

(Example: early in the month I sent a message to a partner at Strategy& for us to have a talk and he replied asking for my CV and that we would schedule a chat soon. I replied with my CV and waited, that was roughly 3 weeks ago.)

My question is, usually how long would you wait before approaching him again and how would you politely remind him about our previous exchange?

Thank you!

Francesco replied on Apr 29, 2017
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Hi Nuno,

as for the waiting time, I usually suggest to send a reminder after one week from the first email; if you do not get a reply, you can send an additional one after another week. If you still do not get replies, I would suggest to consider the lead dead, and move to the next one.

As for the content of the reminder, I would reply to the last email and propose a day to have a chat related to what you mentioned in you first email the following week, proposing 2 or 3 slots. In this way you would make it easier for the other person to give a “yes” for some of the potential days/times.



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