Reaching out to people you don't know can be both a. intimidating and b. terrifying. I know I have a particular fear of putting myself out there and not ever getting a response. But freelancers and entrepreneurs need to be able to master this particular skill -- because the people you reach out to are the ones who will help you succeed. I put together this toolset because I'm currently practicing this skill set myself, and these resources were a big help.
This resource is simple and gets right to the point. It's a sample template written about a broken link -- it's simple, polite and right to the point. You can definitely use this for anything, but this is just one particular example. Edit Remove Move
<b>Linkbuilding</b> is the most important facet of acquiring a large network of people. If you're on Gmail (which, if you're not, you should be) this resource gives you different tips and plugins you can download to make outreach emails way more effective. He cites shortcuts and other things that will increase the amount of times your emails are both read and responded to. <br>Edit Remove Move
Starting small is important when it comes to outreach emails (you don't want to start off by trying to get a hold of the CEO or President of a company) -- chances are, you won't get a response. This resource gives 9 strategic steps to writing and delivering effective emails. Edit Remove Move
Much like resource #3, this page lays out outreach email composition into 4 easy steps. <b>Being nice, stating who you are, what you want and a strong closing statement. </b>Obviously, there's more to it than that, but this will give you a solid starting point. Edit Remove Move