The First Email is Just Foreplay 😩
I never expect (and rarely get) a reply from my first email. The Eric Topol email was ignored until I followed up.
In other words: follow up, then follow up and then follow up again. Show that you’re serious.
If I could only send 50 emails for my podcast, I wouldn’t email 50 different people. I would email 10 people and follow up 4 times.
Be Concise 📏
This email is a bad example — but it’s (usually) worth not telling your whole life story. As long as you’re clear with 1) what you want 2) and why they should give it to you — everything else can be cleared up in follow up.
Quantity is King 👑
Even with all of these (amazing!!) tips — I get something like a 10% response rate. Maybe 20% if I spend a lot of time on the email. It goes up to about 30% if I follow up. It can go as high as 50% if I keep on following up.
It Doesn’t Always Work 😭
I’ve been emailing Babylon CEO: Ali Parsa (also on my loonshot list) since 2018. Initially to shadow him — and now for an interview. Me and Ali’s secretary (Michelle) have a love/hate relationship: I love emailing her — she just… hates hearing from me.