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Writing a friendly reminder email can be tricky. You don’t want to come across as pushy or impatient, but it’s important to get your message across. Set a friendly tone in your email with greetings and softened expssions. Cover the necessaries of your reminder email so the recipient clearly knows what you want. Ensure an error-free email so you come across not only as friendly, but professional as well.
Setting a Friendly Tone
Greet the recipient. In business situations, you may have to use a standard greeting, like “Dear so-and-so.” However, more and more, personalized emails are becoming standard. Some email greetings that can help you strike a friendly tone from the start include:
Reference your connection to the recipient. If you just stick to the reminder, your message might come across as cold. Reference your personal connection to the recipient by including phrases that reflect on your friendship and shared experiences. These might include:
- How’s school been going?
- My friend, how have you been?
- I had such a great time with you last weekend.
- When was the last time we talked, a month ago?
- That trip we took together was a blast! We’ll have to do it again soon.
Soften your expssions. This is especially important for the reminder part of the email. If it’s been a while since you’ve been in touch with the recipient, it may be suitable to offer a light apology or excuse for only getting in touch for the sake of a reminder. Some examples of softened expssions include:
- I know it’s been a while since we’ve talked, but I wanted to remind you about…
- Things have been so hectic with the new baby, I only just remembered to remind you…
- I know you’ve been busy, so I didn’t want to pester you, but I wanted to send a reminder…
Be polite. If the reminder is important, it’s easy to come across too strong. Keep in mind that the recipient has things going on in their life. Remember to say “please” and “thank you” and equivalent expssions as well. You might include polite phrases like:
- Sorry to bother you, but I wanted to make sure…
- If you could please reply to this email as soon as you have time…
- Thanks for taking time to read any reply to this reminder. I appciate it.
- I’ll look forward to your response.
Covering the Necessaries
Use a subject line. You don’t have to write a clever subject line. Ones that are clear and to the point will be most useful. These will allow the recipient to know the purpose of the email at a glance. Some common options for a friendly email reminder might include:
- Checking in
- Quick reminder about…
- Upcoming trip/event/etc.
- Headcount for trip/event/etc.
Remember to include your reminder. When you’re trying so hard to be friendly and polite, it can be easy to leave off something important, like the actual reminder. Put your reminder near the beginning of the email, shortly after the greeting and a brief personal connection. For example:
- “Hi There,
It’s been a while since we’ve talked, Ben. How’re your wife and kids? Mine keep me ptty busy, but I wanted to check in with you about…”
Grandma, I’ve been meaning to send you a message. Sorry I’ve been so busy. I just wanted to remind you about our lunch date…”
- “Hi There,
Employ concise language. It’s generally true that polite language uses longer expssions. For example, the phrase “Work harder” would be politer as “It might be a good idea if you were to work harder.” While polite, these long expssions can make the focus of your email difficult to pinpoint.
- Use a simplified structure for your email. This might look something like: Greeting (opening) → Personal Connection → Reminder → Valediction (closing)
Close the email with a valediction. “Valediction” is a fancy word that means “saying farewell.” Valedictions include expssions like “Best,” “Regards,” “Yours Truly,” and “Sincerely.” Your signature should follow your valediction. These common valedictions, however, might come across as impersonal. You might try something like:
- Your friend
- All the best
- Have a great day
- Tag, you’re it
- Looking forward to hearing from you
Ensuring an Error-Free Email
Proofread your email. Even glancing through your email once or twice quickly will eliminate many simple errors that might have sneaked in while writing it. After you’ve finished composing, proofread your email for spelling and grammar.
- Many email services have a free grammar and spelling checker. The quality of these will depend on your email provider. In some cases, these checkers may not be very accurate.
- Remember to check your subject line, your greeting, and your valediction (closing). It’s easy to gloss over these and focus on only the body of your email.
Read your email aloud. If you’re writing an important email, or if you really want to be particularly friendly or polite with someone, read your email from start to finish out loud. Does it sound conversational? If so, your email is ready to send.
- Rewrite sentences or passages that sound clunky. Use your best judgement when evaluating this. This will vary from person to person, depending on your style of speaking.
Have another person look over the email. For important communications, like those intended for business, you may want another person to check the reminder before sending it. If you’ve written a concise email, this generally takes little time and can help catch even the smallest errors.
- Check your online messaging service. Send a message to a friend online asking something like, “Hey, could you read over a short email I have to send? It’ll only take a minute.”
Add New Question
I have sent a reminder to party for payment, but I need to send another reminder. How should I do that?
Each subsequent reminder is more stern than the last. “I’m sure you forgot” is followed by “Kindly pay in three days”, which is followed by a notice of default, then a letter from a lawyer, etc. You’re free to remind the person, but if you don’t increase the level of severity with each reminder, the party might just think you’re weak and will never go to court, reducing the urgency to pay. That’s the opposite of what you want to achieve.
I have been an ad hoc staff member in my company for 11 months now, and I want to write a letter of reminder to be upgraded. Can you give me guidelines how to go about it?
Carefully. Point out your strong points, but also mention one or two things you did wrong or that didn’t go too well, adding what you learned from that. Explicitly state what you are asking for without any accusations, obligations or deadlines. Consider doing this orally instead; ask for a meeting to discuss this rather than writing an e-mail.
Is it fine to say “I would like to friendly remind you”?
It would be proper to say “I’m offering you a friendly reminder,” but yes, it’s fine to say that as an initial nudge. Make sure your wording is more stern if any future reminders are necessary, though.
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To write a friendly reminder email, start with a greeting, like “Hi there” or “Hey.” Next, write something about your connection to the recipient so your email doesn’t appear cold. For example, try “How has school been going?” or “That trip we took together was a blast.” Then, soften your reminder by writing something like “I know it’s been a while since we talked, but I wanted to remind you about…” Finally, conclude your email with a friendly closing such as “Your friend” or “Looking forward to hearing from you.” For tips on how to edit your email for mistakes, read on!
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