Beginning an email is daunting. These opening words determine the entire message’s tone and influence whether or not your readers will continue reading on. You also want to balance friendliness with efficiency–being polite with getting to the point.

With all this riding on just a few words, how do you know how to start a message? Here are a few phrases specific to common situations to help you get started:

Formal Correspondences:

  • I am writing to inquire about/ confirm/ add information about…
  • Per your request, I have included information about…

Everyday Business Conversations: 

  • In regards to our project… 
  • I’d like to ask a few questions about…
  • I’d like to remind you/ confirm…
  • I have some updates about…
  • I’m happy to…
  • I’m excited to report…
  • Thanks to your work on…, we are ready to…

Everyday Business Requests: 

  • Could you…? 
  • I’d be grateful if you…
  • Would you be willing to…?

Hope these simple phrases make starting emails a bit easier!

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