Networking with Heart: Handwritten Notes
“I can’t write to please everyone, but someone, somewhere will be touched if I put my heart into it.”
~ Sara Winters
“Unlike sports, in business, the win-win is the best possible score.”
~ Rasheed Oguniaru
“It takes very little these days to stand out from the crowd. Sincere courtesy and simple kindness are like a bright light in a dark room.”
~ Lydia Ramsey
9 Holiday Card Tips for Business Owners by Lydia Ramsey
Don’t dismiss handwritten, heartspoken notes as being only for personal expressions of gratitude or sympathy. Learn to harness the power of the heartspoken note in your networking and business-building without sacrificing professionalism. The presentation on October 20, 2021 to the Marketing Trailblazers group was recorded. If you missed it, look for the recording to learn:
- The three groups to whom you could be writing heartspoken notes
- The key opportunities for writing heartspoken notes
- Pitfalls to avoid in professional note writing
- Tips for finding the time to add personal note writing to your professional toolkit
- Digital tools to help with personal note writing in your business
Note writing services
- Ballpoint Marketing (https://ballpointmarketing.com/) provides direct mail for Real Estate Investors, Agents, Insurance companies, and non-profits. They’ve designed robots to write with real ballpoint pens in blue ink.
- Cardly (https://www.cardly.net) lets you send a personal, handwritten card without lifting a pen. This online company has a wide selection of personal and holiday styles, and if you have overseas correspondents, you can save by having your cards shipped from the United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States. Use discount code HEART. I wrote about this company on my blog: https://www.heartspoken.com/13226/hate-to-write-handwritten-notes-cardly-to-the-rescue/.
- Handwrytten (https://www.handwrytten.com/) has a blog with great ideas for wording different kinds of professional notes and letters: https://www.handwrytten.com/resources/
- Letter Friend (https://letterfriend.com/) offers real letters written by real people. They are geared more towards companies than individuals and offer both project pricing and subscription pricing. “Create more sales pipeline with real handwritten letters sent via web, API, CRM, and more. Handwritten cards, notes, & more. No Robots. Always Written By A Human. 100% Customized.”
- Simply Noted (https://simplynoted.com/) offers notes that appear handwritten plus the ability to enclose a gift card from many major stores.
- Thankster (http://www.thankster.com/) can take a sample of your own handwriting and replicate it. They also have controls for font size, letter and line spacing so you can make their fonts unique.
- WAMI (https://wami.io/) states their mission is to focus on providing high-quality, handwritten notes at scale to brands/companies in an effort to help them connect with customers in a more personal way than through emails.
- Write Way Notes (https://writewaynotes.com) allows you to choose your card, type your message, and have them do the rest to deliver what, for all the world, looks like a handwritten note or letter.
Business Etiquette Resources
- Business Culture website: https://businessculture.org
- Emily Post downloadable business etiquette tips: https://emilypost.com/advice/downloadable-business-etiquette-resources
- Formal Letter (https://formalletter.net/) is an interesting blog filled with samples and templates for various types of formal types of correspondence you might need, especially in your career or professional life.
- GCFGlobal business etiquette training: https://edu.gcfglobal.org/en/jobsuccess/business-etiquette/1/
- Lydia Ramsey (https://LydiaRamsey.com) is a Savannah-based business etiquette expert, professional speaker, premier trainer and author. Her blog includes posts in categories titled Business Apology, Email Etiquette, Sympathy Etiquette, Thank-You Notes, and Handwritten Notes.
Just for fun: Epistolary novels
Epistolary novels are books in which the story is told through an exchange of letters or diary entries. Here’s a great list: “100 Must-Read Epistolary Novels From The Past And Present” (https://bookriot.com/100-epistolary-novels-from-the-past-and-present/). Some of my favorite epistolary novels from this list (in order of publication date and these are Amazon affiliate links) are:
- Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)
- Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (1942)
- Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (1964)
- 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (1970)
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (2008)
- Where’d You Go Bernadette by Martha Semple (2013)
- Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngsen (2019)
- The Lost Manuscript by Cathy Bonidan (2021)