The Art of Writing
San Diego real estate professional and ActiveRain blogger William Johnson reminds us of the importance of using personal notes in our communications.
Many of us have not been using our hand writing skills in recent years and it is not to late to again practice more effective communications.
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The Art of Writing
I was reading an article in American Profile magazine about the Power of the Pen. And it gave me pause to consider that while we use all forms of electronic writing, are we losing a very valuable skill set in the art of writing.
It is Valentines Day soon and we rush out to the card stores and buy all sorts of greeting cards, sign our names and the task is done. But imagine writing a note card in you own words expressing your feelings to someone you care about. That would likely be a real treasure as most of us respond very favorably to the sentiment but also the personal nature of the handwritten word.
I think parents and teachers should encourage children to write more handwritten notes or even keep a journal. As the children grow and age, it is easier to type everything on the computer and even send electronic greetings which are great but.....do they convey the same feelings as would be in a handwritten note.
I used to write notes daily in a 5 section notebook that I carried everywhere that had everything from phone call conversations, information, inspirational thoughts and multitudes of other things I needed to remember. I don't do that very much anymore because I now type most things through the day in the Notes App on my iPad. These notes go to the cloud and I get in duplicate form as an e-mail which is really quite handy.
But one area that I have never compromised on are my Christmas holiday cards. I typically send hundreds and I hand write everyone of them with a personal note. It makes them so much more personal and I see that most cards I receive also have a hand written note in return. Yes, it is time consuming, I start in early November and finish days before Christmas. So worth the effort that always allows me to convery my sentiments of the way I feel.
One of my friends was famous for writing Thank You or Thinking of You note cards to everyone he met, everyone he knew and would seize any opportunity to express through the handwritten word his sentiment. Many of his friends would marvel knowing that hundreds of us would receive these cards on a regular basis. He became president of NAR and was one of the most personable and highly thought of people in our industry.
While we may never be able to accomplish that level of hand written communication, it would serve us all well to remember that the handwritten word is still highly valued by others and it can make such a huge difference in our daily and business lives. And most certainly in the lives of others that we care about.
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