Need to contact Ann Handley about a speaking engagement or specific inquiry? Howdy. You’ve come to the right place.
Still here? Onward.
Here’s the thing: I get a lot of email. Those emails contain a lot of asks. I try my best to respond to messages. But the key word in that sentence is “try.”
(Does that sound arrogant? It’s not — it’s just true.)
Your best chance of a response is to:
1. Be concise.
(Actually, this is great advice for writing generally — not just email.)
Pro tip: Skip the set-up. Be direct. How can I help?
2. Be specific in your ask.
For example: You have a speaking invitation for an event taking place this fall in Wisconsin or Washington or Westeros? Tell me the audience, date, time, and why you think I’m a fit.
3. Research first, then ask.
Do you want to interview me for your blog or newsletter or similar?
First, thank you. Second, chances are good that I might’ve previously talked about the very thing that you’re also curious about.
The Internet is a wonderfully generous and rich thing with a steel-trap memory. So please research to see if I’ve already covered your questions
4. Be aware of things I probably won’t respond to.
Those topics include:
– guest posting on AnnHandley.com*
– advertising on AnnHandley.com*
– business advice if we aren’t already friends
– any sentence with the phrase “pick my brain” in it
– requests for coverage (because I’d rather make that decision on my own)
Need to reach me directly? My email is:
ann [dot] handley [at] gmail [dot] com
Thank you! Speak soon!