How To Sign Your Emails

I’ll tell you what I think about those email signatures that go on for 10 lines with different contacts.  Those people with many telephone numbers and emails usually turn out to be impossible to reach. That’s right. They look so accessible but are really inaccessible.

It’s getting to the point that when I see all of that contact info, I don’t even bother.

I have one friend who is a consultant–not a very successful one, but still a friend.  He signs his emails with his university telephone, his summer house, his mobile, a website  address that says under construction when you click on it.  I will tell you the guy is impossible to reach.

Do you remember when you were dating, and you asked for someone phone’s number and you got two with an explanation.  I once took it as they were interested, but I quickly learned it was a scam.  I spent a lot of time trying to reach them.  Then I gave up. Ok, Maybe they didn’t like me and didn’t want me to reach them.



But business contacts.  Shouldn’t they want to be reached?

Here’s an example of contact info I just got off of an email from a guy who wants to get me interested in a project.  I hope he has a great project because all of this contact info turns me off–looks like cheap and bad advertising to me.

One more thing.  I usually don’t put my website or tel info when I answer someone.  I figure we’re already connected and it works.  If we need to talk on the phone or if I want to show some sample projects or gallery info, I will just send them the links.

Keep it simple.

[I changed things a bit to protect the guy’s privacy.]

ayayotok@kvj.bglobe.ne.jp (Home)
hamline@a3.abcdo.jp (Office)
hyamazaki64@docomo.ne.jp (Mobile)

(Blog) http:/ yamazaki2962.at.webry.info/
(Visual Blog) http://note.dmc.sensor.ac.jp/info
(Special Project) http://www.b-c.frances.ac.jp/archive/event/losangeles/

What do you think? It looks like a red flag to me.  Why put all this info on every email you send out?  You must think the people who receive it have a lot of time on their hands.


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