A couple of weeks ago I met a highly respected person in my field working in a C-suite position, during the smoking time outside, we chatted a bit, and he was interested in what do I have to offer, so we agreed on keeping in touch.
A few days ago I received an email from him inviting me for lunch, we exchanged few emails, he was replying quickly and everything was on the right track. until one reply I sent that cutted the flow.
Reading my email again, I saw that I did quit some mistakes:
- in the greeting I went for "hey" without mentioning his name or anything else.
- No sign-off whatsoever (really bad)
- last, basically I misread his email, so my reply was reversed, exmple: him: "if available, then at 8, if not, then at 10" me: "I'm available, 10 would be good for me".
I sent an email after few hours (about 10pm), asking him to excuse me to misreading his email, and I corrected my response "excuse me, I'm available at 8, would be great meeting you again... etc.", but this email went without reply.
Now I feel that I communicated disrespect/rudeness or abruptness; something like: "I don't have time to write you a proper email", which is not my intention, and I don't know how to fix it anymore.