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Be smart: Break the 3-second rule

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Last week, I received an email with a very good subject line, which prompted me to open it.

As I read the salutation, I groaned: “Hi, Patrick…”

Obviously, the cut-and-paste sales rep had forgotten to change the salutation before hitting “send.”

I replied to her email with “Addressing a prospect with the wrong name is a quick way to get your email deleted. Regards, Kelley”

Still bad but better

A few minutes later, I received her response: “Kelly, thanks for pointing out the typo.”

This time she had gotten the right name but the wrong spelling!

Imagine making these mistakes with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

The senior executives I work with would have deleted her email in less than 3 seconds.

A simple blunder like this causes you to lose credibility and respect before you have even uttered a word about your product or service.

After such a mistake, it is practically impossible to engage a prospect in a sales conversation.

Connecting with hard-to-reach prospects is tough at the best of times—so it’s critical to avoid mistakes like this one.

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