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Hey guys, I need your help on writing a letter(email) to certain people to get their feedback on my product idea.

should I start with introducing myself or the reason why I'm specifically contacting them?

is this a good structure?

-dear Mr.X,

-introduce myself

-reason of writing to you(I saw your article about...etc)

-product description

-ask for feedback

-thank you so much ^_^

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donald remero [ Moderator ]

I think what you have is fine. My basic recipe is something like this. Note that the text in quotes is not exactly what I'd say; it is just the underlying concept.

  1. "I've seen your work. You're good."
    (Engage their self interest in one or two short and direct sentences.)

  2. "I have an idea, and I'd like to know how good you think it is (on a scale of 1 to 10)."

  3. State what the idea is.

  4. "I think I can execute on this idea, because I'm smart and committed. But I also don't want to waste my time."

  5. Ask one or two additional, focused questions.

  6. Closing thanks & maybe an open question or soft solicitation for an open-ended response. The overall idea is to make it easy to get through and easy to respond to. You can always ask followup questions if they seem engaged. You don't want to set the thing up such that they feel like they necessarily have to spend the time to "compose" complete thoughts.

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