How do you say thank you to a friend, a colleague, or
a client? Ever considered thanking a journalist who has written
about you in a favourable fashion?
Leading sales coach Tom Stoyan ( www.CanadasSalesCoach.com)
recommends looking for opportunities to send thank yous,
preferably in a hand written letter.
For those of us married to a computer keyboard and
out of practice with pen and paper, Margaret Shepherd comes to our
rescue with a comprehensive guide to hand writing that special note
of appreciation, sympathy and acknowledgement.
As an acclaimed calligrapher, Shepherd has more than
a passing interest in a resurgence of hand written communications.
The Art of the Handwritten Note is her contribution
to an art form that brings out the best in both the person
who creates it and the person who looks at it. She has put
together a beautifully appointed, well written book that with prose,
poetry, quotes and illustrations, provides everything necessary
to inspire and motivate even the most stymied letter writer.
Her message is simple, you can still use the
telephone or the Web for the daily chores of staying in touch, but
for the words that matter, its courteous, classy, caring and
civilized to pick up a pen. As Shepherd so perceptively proclaims,
Ink on paper is still the classiest way to express the thoughts
that really matter, on the occasions that really count.
Consequently, she provides valuable advice on making
the best choices. From thanking a colleague for a job well done
to heartfelt sympathy for a grieving friend or relative, Shepherd
recommends the best format, language, materials and penmanship for
communicating your message.
This book is a must for anyone interested in mastering
the art of interpersonal communications. Read it and use it to seize
all those opportunities that exist to say thank you.
Lynn Fenske is a copywriter and communications
strategist specializing in public and media relations.
“putting your ideas in writing”