Put “Personal” Back in Your Communications!

FullSizeRender 186Business communications have become increasingly electronic, almost to the exclusion of everything else.

As a result, personal, handwritten communication has increased in value! Overcoming your personal devotion to efficiency and ease, you may want to consider some of the very simple ways you can re-introduce handwritten communications to your portfolio of business-builders.

 

For starters, try carrying a few pre-stamped postcards in your briefcase. When you’re standing in line, taking off or landing on an airline, or otherwise trapped in a mostly nonproductive time warp, pull out your cards and write a few lines to a client, or a prospect or referral source. A handwritten note from you will separate you from the pack, when that prospect is teetering on the brink of a decision.

When you’re traveling, pick up a few postcards or stationery from your hotel (yes, most still have them.) Start your note with, “I found myself in New Haven this morning, and thought of the conversation you and I had last Tuesday, about your…” You thought of your client while traveling! What a notion! Use a regular first-class stamp, not the postcard stamp, as it conveys the spontaneity you’re seeking, and you can afford the few cents’ difference–to make a difference! The note doesn’t need to be perfect, either–sometimes, a blotch or a crossed-out error adds to the feeling of “real” communication.

Ironically, the enemy here (your computer) may also be an ally. Using business form postcards (Avery, or some other brand), you can endlessly vary a custom set of postcards that carry their own message, picture, or cartoon.

Let your creative, fun & personal side set you apart from your competition!

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

Bulldog workingOur latest “you should read this” came to us from Jan Foster, our geographically-split-personality rep in both the Sacramento and Portland business communities, as well as other places; it’s a blog post by Connie Dorigan, a recruiter and Jan’s friend, based in Portland.

Click here to read it, and resolve to laugh more! Note the effects on productivity and other key job behaviors…listen to laughter from your employees; if you’re not hearing any, you should be worried!

PXT Select™ featured in Human Resource Executive Magazine

We’re pleased to note that our flagship, new, improved jobfit assessment, the PXT Select™, is featured in the current issue of the magazine, which can be accessed by clicking here.

The article by Scott Allison, VP and Brand director for Wiley, is titled, “A Simple, Human, and Smart Approach to Hiring.” We like that a lot, as that’s our approach to the entire process of hiring, not just the assessment side!

Please contact us if you’d like to talk about how we can help with your hiring challenges!

Back in the saddle…a return to our original purpose!

Three years ago, in the course of producing a more-or-less regular blog on Human Resource and General Business topics, with an occasional trip off-topic just for fun, my business and personal life experienced an earthquake that disrupted EVERYTHING: My 10-year old daughter had a sudden and life-threatening health crisis that lasted for over 2 of those 3 years.

I over the ensuing 3 years, I hijacked this blog to inform interested people about her, and her health crisis, and her battle to live a normal child’s life. Thanks to God, and the hundreds of family, friends, and strangers who offered their support through her ordeal, and the eventual donor of the bone marrow transplant that saved her life, she has now made what appears to be a complete recovery, and is living that normal 6th-grade child’s life!

So, it’s time I return this blog to its original purpose of discussing business, hiring, assessments, Human Resources, and other topics in that general theme. I expect that many of you who subscribed to keep track of Tessa’s life will now choose to leave us…go with our best wishes, and thanks for your support through one of life’s most difficult passages! I have moved the account of Tessa’s battles, in a chronological timeline, to another site; you can access it by clicking here.

For those of you interested in the non-Tessa items, stay tuned! New posts are on the way!

–John

 

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