Put Down That Smartphone – Pick Up That Pen

Have you noticed the number of fancy paper shops that seem to be popping up like flowers on a sunny spring day? They have walls lined with cards for every occasion and tables piled high with boxes of postcards, notecards, writing paper and envelopes. Some of the most popular and coveted are the ones designed by high-end fashion designers like Vera Wang and Kate Spade whose unique designs are printed on heavy luxurious stock and packaged beautifully. There is also an area with shelves of different coloured postcards, notecards, writing paper and envelopes reserved for designing and creating stationery for special occasions like weddings, births, anniversaries, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, confirmations, promotions and deaths. Here you can also design and order corporate or personal stationery in the colour and font and on the paper of your choice. Be simple and selective when choosing stationery for your business as it shows the value and quality of your service or product. Your personal stationery should reflect your lifestyle and personality. 

To be successful in business, your writing skills must range from creating a large complex report, composing a card of condolence, a note of thanks or congratulations or a letter of acceptance, termination or application. To be successful in life, your writing skills must include writing a card of condolence, a note of thanks or congratulations or a letter sharing thoughts, feelings and good or bad news.

You may feel that it’s more comfortable and convenient to share your thoughts and feelings by text, voicemail or e-mail, however, these modes of communication lack the power and permanence of a handwritten note, card or letter. So much that is written electronically is quickly scanned while so much that is written by hand is slowly read and often re-read. It’s so much easier to press the Delete key yet so much harder to shred or tear up heavy card or paper stock that is covered in handwriting.

So the next time you need to communicate something moving, motivating and memorable or something impressive, interesting and informative or something personal, positive and powerful, put down that smartphone, pick up a pen, choose the right postcard, notecard or writing paper, sit down, take as much time as you need and write a timely and thoughtful message, put it in an envelope, seal it and mail or hand deliver it to the  individual to whom it is addressed.  

Make someone’s day. If you’re lucky, they will respond in the same way.


About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 18 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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