How are you doing, long no time no speak, how are the kids? That new house you bought? Your family, they’re doing well? The cat? Oh…run over, that’s really sad.
How’s that project whose name I can’t remember with the things and stuff? And the weather?
BTW CAN YOU HELP ME BECAUSE I NEED SOMETHING?
I’m looking for new opportunities at the moment (Technical Product Management: check-out my Linked-In). I’m speaking to people in my network, including the sleeper-cells I’ve not spoken to in some time.
I’m trying to avoid emails like the ones above. People are busy: even before you open a message from someone you’ve not spoken to in years, the subtext is pretty obvious.
Sure I’ll genuinely say “Hope you are well” but anything else seems insincere.
Am I wrong to skip the dance, get to the point quickly and save everyone some time? Or am I being rude by not playing the game?