Writing E-Tips
Special Holiday Edition   
December 2004   
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Seasonal Writing Tips

Communication —
the Best Gift of All

     During this holiday season, there's a lot of writing to be done: holiday cards, party invitations, thank-you notes, and of course, those annual family letters. These cheerful missives connect us with friends and family we might not see much during the year. The best of these letters are thoughtful, reflective pieces sharing the family's highs and lows of the past year. Whatever you write, try to personalize it a little. Even a quick "Glad your mother's out of the hospital! Hope the New Year brings you all health!" is preferable to the sterility of a machine-printed name at the bottom of a standard card greeting. The same goes for the photocopied letters. While mass-producing may be practical, the general feeling still comes off as cold and impersonal. A handwritten note at the bottom says, "You matter to me."

Quick Hints for
Holiday Business Correspondence

snowflakeAlthough not everyone observes the same holidays, most people have some form of celebration at this time of year. If you are aware that a client or associate celebrates a specific holiday, by all means extend appropriate good wishes. Let common courtesy guide you. Avoid mentioning specific holidays in your general business correspondence, but express your wishes for the season, where appropriate. General wishes can be as warm and sincere as specific ones. A heartfelt "Wishing you peace" can add a human touch to your letters, which in turn can go a long way toward building good business relationships for the future.


Writing New Year’s Resolutions

     Want to keep your New Year’s resolutions? Write them down! Start writing and don’t stop until you have them all down. Be as foolish or as serious as you wish, but just keep writing everything you could possibly hope to accomplish in the coming year. When you have finished, take a fresh piece of paper and draw three columns. Label these "Health," "Home," and "Business." Then go through your list of resolutions, sort them out, and place each in the appropriate column.

     Now comes the important part. Go through each list and number the entries in the order of importance and doability. For example, in the "Health" column, you might start with "Avoid junk food" and end with the resolution you're least likely to keep — "Run eight miles every morning." Do the same with the other two columns. Under "Home" you might list "Get home for dinner with the family at least three times a week," and the list might end with "Take the family to Europe." In the "Business" column, you could start with "Treat my fellow workers with more respect" and end with "Triple my sales record."

     Chances are you won't accomplish every resolution, but by prioritizing
your goals, you will certainly better your life and the lives of those around you.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a prosperous and bright 2005
from all of us at UpWrite Press

The preceding tips are from
Write for Business:
A Compact Guide to Writing and Communicating

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