Greetings/Salutations/How are you? I hope this message finds you doing well.
I am writing today because [ insert topline description of request here ].
[ Optional message with some unfortunate circumstance that has befallen you, your staff, your client, your family, or a beloved pet. This section can be particularly effective if the recipient knows the aggrieved party or is generally considered empathetic. ]
I wouldn’t ordinarily/I would never ask this of you, but I really need your help/I’ve asked everyone else and they said no/you’re the only person capable of handling this request/you’re my only hope.
I know you said you’re incapacitated/furloughed/caring for a sick family member/not interested/catatonic/stuck in a Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime/Quibi/K-hole, it’s just that I’m relying on you [ optional adverb to add texture such as unfortunately/incidentally/alack/nevertheless/be that as it may/🙃 ].
[ Optional message with helpful suggestions on how recipient can budget their time to accommodate your request and/or how the request really isn’t so bad, when you think about it. ]
Between you and me/Imma be real wit u, this should have been taken care of a long time ago/was really [ somebody disposable ]’s responsibility/it’s always the good guys like you and me who get stuck cleaning up other people’s messes.
You rock/da best/are a lifesaver/r hair is like a majestic waterfall!