I first heard about the "5 Sentence Email" in a comment that was in response to this question: I emailed my customer asking multiple questions. Their reply addressed only one. What is the polite way to point this out? where @Mallow said in the comment:
You can also take a look at the 5-sentence email: entrepreneur.com/article/226581
This piqued my interest because I would very much like to reclaim some of the of time I spend emailing, which is considerable. The article talks about the sort of philosophy behind the "5 Sentence" thing, and gives some strategy, but no concrete example.
For instance the article says:
- Your email should answer five simple questions. When you write an email, Kawasaki says it should provide just enough information to answer these five questions: Who are you? What do you want? Why are you asking me? Why should I do what you're asking? What is the next step?
Now I realize that having an "email template" maybe isn't the most realistic/practical idea but I feel like an example of such an email that follows the guidelines described in the "5 Sentence Email" article I linked, would be very helpful.
I've tried googling for such an example or template. All I found was this site: http://five.sentenc.es/, which is helpful in regards to maybe having an email signature about the "5 Sentence" guidelines, but doesn't really offer any advice on the actual email body itself.