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May 20, 2018

Penmanship ~ Why bother?

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Interestingly enough, penmanship (cursive writing) has been declining since the mid 1960’s and beyond.  There are many positive reasons to pursue word processors for producing necessary documents for business and educational purposes.  On the other hand, I don’t think we should eliminate personal handwriting in exchange for the exclusive use of electronic communication.  Handwriting is more expressive and presents an innate beauty.  I read a report recently that claimed 87% of millennials now prefer a handwritten note.  One doesn’t have to put much thought into understanding why that might be true.  A handwritten note is special and conveys time, effort and a conscious desire of the writer to send something that can be valued and treasured.

So, the next time you need to send a note of thanks, an invitation, a memo, etc., why not take a few extra minutes to pick up a pen and write it with your own hand.  It will certainly catch the attention of the recipient.  Speaking from experience, I’ve actually had people call me to thank me for sending a handwritten note.  Believe me, people take notice when receiving communication that is handwritten!!  I often say, “Even the worst handwritten note trumps e-mail any day.”

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