3Prioritize Your Paragraphs

Walking into work can occasionally feel like stepping inside a blender; the day becomes a blur of activity, with too much to do and too little time in which to do it. It’s hardly surprising that many people save time by only reading the first few sentences of an e-mail. If the first paragraph doesn’t catch their attention, then it’s a quick flick of the erase button and on to the next message. To make sure your message gets read—amid the torrent of daily e-mails—think about what paragraph contains the most meaningful information, and place it at the top, with the least important paragraph being the last.

Exercise

Read through the following e-mail and prioritize each paragraph by writing its position number in the space ...

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