Personal handwritten notes are appearing to become rarer and rarer. As the world becomes more and more digitized with emails and tweets, this form of communication is easier and more accessible than hand written notes. However, I believe there is an absolute place for handwritten notes in our fast paced wired society. Here are 5 reasons handwritten notes remain unique and important.
Physical handwritten notes have a more memorable impact – they mean more than an email/text
Speaks volumes by sending the message that you cared enough to go the extra mile to acknowledge another and you will be remembered and appreciated for your effort
Personalized handwritten notes have a warmth, poise and personality that your electronic message doesn’t
For business, handwritten notes can be a good follow up tool and if done properly, a relationship builder
It’s a great way to differentiate you from the competition and shows you as different and detailed-oriented
On a personal note, this is a pet peeve of mine. I think it is critical, especially in business, to hand write notes to thank people, congratulate them or just acknowledge them. I can’t tell you how much people appreciate it and it leaves a lasting impression. People always tell me how much they appreciated receiving my note. Here are some ideas on when it’s appropriate to send a handwritten note:
Upon receiving a gift – no matter what the gift
Following an interview for a job
When someone does something for you that is helpful either personally or professionally
Whenever you establish a new professional contact – this does not mean to everyone who hands you a business card – send a handwritten note when it’s meaningful
When someone has referred business or a client to you
When someone you know receives a promotion or starts a new career path
Congratulate someone on an award or being published in a magazine or newspaper
I’m not suggesting you sit and write notes all day. Use your own judgement as to when it would be more appropriate to hand write your message rather than an email/text. Sending a handwritten note is all about making a human connection and putting your personal touch on your relationship. There is also an extra level of sincerity involved when you send a handwritten note, especially to a client. This is something an email simply cannot convey. Yes, handwritten notes may cost some time and a few pennies, but they are well worth it to show someone you care.
You might find it helpful to keep a box of generic notes and a supply of stamps handy – now you have no excuses.
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Things are always changing in the event world. Here are 4 tips for 2014 planning that should help you. We always tell our clients, no matter what the budget, we will make it work. It’s about having the right people in your corner, understanding what you need to get out or put into the event and then make it happen.
Build a one page website for your event. This has a profound impact on visitors to the page
Use technology to automate registrations and check-ins; use tablets and mobile applications to allow greater flexibility for attendees and planners
Social media continues to be a very important component of events as SM networks allow for increased social seating
Create a hash-tag to bring awareness to/for your event
Share slides and graphics live with attendees through mobile or tablet devices
Getting married, moving in together or combining households? My recommendation would be to take it one step at a time. Merging your belongings with someone else’s stuff and deciding what to keep and how to furnish your place takes time and planning. Here are 5 tips to help you with the process.
1. Purge before you merge
Purge and organize before you get married or move in together
Go through your things together before you bring them to your new combined space
It’s easier and cheaper (if you are hiring a mover) to simplify before you move
Making sure you both take time to eliminate clutter so you aren’t combining it (I see this happen all the time with newlyweds), will make your life easier in the long run.
Who hasn’t experienced overwhelm or frustration trying to de-clutter their inbox? Clients asked me all the time “how do I organize this influx of email?” Here are 3 simple tips to help get you started.
1. Use Your Delete Button – Be ruthless!
If you don’t recognize the sender or the subject line – delete it
Scan through your emails quickly for jokes, ‘please reads’, forwards, advertisements and newsletters (that no longer interest you) and delete them
Once you have done that, you are ready to deal with the next steps: respond to, waiting for a response, keeping for reference or filing it
Empty your trash folder daily, otherwise you are using a ton of your system resources
Each New Year you have good intentions by setting resolutions – however they never seem to last more than a few weeks. Hopefully this time, you can stick to them by creating positive and lasting change through implementing these three easy tips below.
1. Choose Realistic Goals
Keep them small, simple and realistic
Write them down, on paper, post it notes, white board – just write them down!
Set a schedule each week in your calendar to review each of them
Expect setbacks. It’s part of the process
Limit the number of goals you set to three or four
Tip – Share them with someone you can trust and that will hold you accountable. Otherwise what’s the point?
Congratulations! Just got engaged or ready to start the planning your wedding and don’t know where to start? Here are 8 helpful tips to get you navigate the 2014 Bridal Shows in the GTA. I have also included here 11 Bridal show dates in the area.
1. Create some labels with your name, email, phone number and wedding date. Most vendors have contests, so by having your labels ready, you just place it on the ballot and move along.
2. Bring your budget sheet along so you can refer to it and make some decisions. Keeping your finances in mind helps keep you on track.
Choosing the right wedding photographer for your special day is an extremely important consideration. When the big day has come and gone, your photos are what you have left as lasting memories. Always interview at least 3 or 4 photographers. Asking these 5 questions will help get you started.
1. Are you going to be the actual photographer there on our wedding day?
Make sure the photographer you are interviewing is actually going to be there him/herself on your wedding day and the one taking your wedding photos.
Ask to see a portfolio of his/her weddings photos from the season you are getting married in.
Enquire as to what their turn-around time is for your actual proofs after the wedding.
What is their back-up plan in case of an emergency on your wedding day. This is very important. Our photographer was in a car accident on the way to the church.
Can you believe how fast Christmas is approaching, with only 43 days left? We understand, everyone celebrates the holidays differently, however, we thought it might be helpful to provide some weekly planning tips to keep you organized and save you time over the holidays!
Week of Nov 11
Make a gift list of everyone you would like to purchase for and place a dollar amount beside it. Remember it’s not about how much you spend, it’s the thought that counts
When your list is complete, keep it with you. This way if you are out somewhere and see something, you can pick it up and check it off your list
Get into the spirit starting now
If you’re planning to travel, now’s a good time to book it. Make sure your passport is current
Your wedding is considered one of life’s most important and exciting occasions. It can also be a stressful time and sometimes basic etiquette gets thrown out the window. Although the rules are becoming somewhat more relaxed over time, there are still some basic etiquette ‘rules’ to take into consideration. Here are 5 wedding etiquette tips to help you.
The holidays are approaching quickly, so to avoid the stress of it all, here are 4 tips to help you plan for the holidays; shopping, food and travel. When making your plan, try and divide your time until the big day, into weekly sections. By breaking it down into chunks, it makes your life a whole lot more manageable.