Posted by: kerrywills | January 22, 2016

Finding Waldo

When I was growing up there used to be a game called “Where’s Waldo” where you would have to look in a picture to find “Waldo” the guy in the red shirt with glasses and usually he would be hiding among all sorts of other distractions. While this is a fun game, I do not like playing it at work. By this I am referring to people who send extremely long e-mails with paragraphs of text where you have to read through all of it to find the important content (Waldo).

Where is he?

Where is he?

So, when writing messages I would suggest a few things….

  • Keep the messages succinct
  • Use formatting to call out key points (bold, underline, color)
  • If you have to use a lot of text then put a summary or key points first so the reader can see that and then chose to get the details
  • Have a conversation instead of an e-mail

We are so busy in our jobs that to play “Where’s Waldo” with the 200-300 messages that we get a day just isn’t fun or productive.


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