There’s little more annoying—especially in a professional setting—than emailing someone and then sitting around waiting for them to respond to you, not knowing if they ever will. After all, “I get a lot of email” is no excuse in a business environment to ignore critical messages, but we all know that email is just a pain to deal with. The solution is to compose your messages carefully so it’s easy for your recipient to respond to you. We don’t just mean make them short, either. Here’s how.