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The Art of the Polite Follow-Up

by Sally Schroder

We’ve all been there: waiting for someone to respond before you can proceed with a task. But as a somewhat reserved young professional, I’m not always comfortable sending multiple emails if I need something.

I now recognize the benefits of the “polite follow-up.” Whether it’s to the media, a client or colleague, a quick reminder that includes please and thanks is usually all it takes.

Everyone’s busy, and seeing a short request in your inbox can be the perfect reminder. If you’re persistent and polite, a follow-up should, more often than not, result in exactly what you need.

Haley Barton, SPR Atlanta

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