Thanks for looking to contact me. I welcome all opinions, both appreciation and criticism. Keep in mind that while I try to reply to everyone who asks for a reply, due to the volume of email I receive that’s simply not possible.
Also, before you email me, please read (all!) the guidelines below. Following them greatly increase the chances that you get a reply. Thanks.
- The shorter, the better. I wish I didn’t have to say this, but the fact of the matter is that I get 500-1000 emails each week and there’s simply no way I can read and reply to everyone. The best thing you can do to increase the chances of having your email answered is to make it short and to-the-point. There are two reasons for this: 1) I simply don’t have time to read more than 1-2 paragraphs, so if you send me a short novel, chances are I’m just going to skip over it; and 2) the more specific and contextual your problem, the more likely I’m not the right person to be asking. If your question relies on my knowledge of your father’s medical history and the fact your brother is depressed and that thing that girl did to you freshman year of college, chances are I’m not going to have the solution anyway. Best questions are broad, general and easily-stated.
- If you’re seeking relationship advice, before emailing me, first ask yourself, “What if I asked my partner exactly what I’m going to ask Mark?” This by itself solves a surprising amount of relationship problems.
- Criticism is welcome and appreciated, but please make it respectful and rational. Any sort of name-calling, condescension, or references to ideology or religious belief will be ignored and deleted. I’m always looking to make my writing better, but if you just email me calling me a bigot and making fun of my hair or something, you will be duly ignored.
- If you’re looking for a coach or a mentor, I’m unfortunately no longer doing consultations at the moment due to time constraints. This may change in the future. It may not.
- If you need advice, please, no life stories. I love meeting and learning about new people, but I simply don’t have the time to read multiple biographies every day. If you have a problem and/or question, just get straight to it. Generally speaking, the shorter your email, the more likely I am to answer your question.
- I am NOT accepting guests posts. Don’t even ask.
- I DO syndicate my articles on other websites. Email me for more information.
- If you’re pitching me something, then your pitch must be personalized. You must also list specific examples of how you can make my site or business better. Screenshots and statistics are preferred. If all you’ve got is a shitty copy/paste email that you send to 100 bloggers, then it will not even be read before it’s deleted (yes, it’s obvious).
- NOTE: I am very selective about interviews I do. I get asked to do hundreds of interviews on podcasts, blogs and channels, every year. As a result, I have minimum requirements for anything I consider. I know this sounds dickish, but please, I’m just saving all of us time. If you have a podcast, then you need at least 50 episodes and 500 reviews on iTunes. If you have a YouTube channel, it needs to have at least 50 videos and 100k subscribers. And if you have a blog, it needs to have at least 100 posts and 100k followers on social media.