I have to admit, that I didn't even see it coming, yes, at 59, most would not consider a person of that age to be "up on technology" but always being on the "bleeding edge of technology" wasn't something I started out to do, but that is what happened.
Recently I had an opportunity to review some information provided by Toni Newman (www.toninewman.com) about her 5S system, and re-thought that, personal notes, fewer emails, more personal client touches might be the way to go, you know, to get in front of people, be relevant.
And....guess what, my penmanship is terrible, with technology, it has become devastatingly clear to me that I can't use a pen anymore other than to PRINT a contract! Who wants to receive a personal note that looks like it was written by a 6 year old? Who writes cheques anymore?
When did a one line email in the subject line constitute "communication" (I have stopped doing that one)
A past client slapped me down recently for this type of behavior, and it really made me think about this, what are the kids going to do? Is the ability to write not relevant anymore?
I don't even have to txt, I can just ask Siri to do it for me! Tell me a joke, open my calendar, search the web, all by pusing a button!
Here is the Wikipedia definition Penmanship is the technique of writing with the hand using a writing instrument. The various generic and formal historical styles of writing are called hands, whilst an individual's style of penmanship is referred to as handwriting.
Search the web for "penmanship lessons" it will open your eyes!
I hope this little rant, makes you think, I know it has made me think, I now have a weekly practice session in my calendar every week entitled "PENMANSHIP" a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
In grade 9, I took typing and I remember thinking "this is stupid, I am never going to be a secretary" (yes politically incorrect) and this is what snuck up on me, the very task that I thought was stupid is now the norm, and penmanship is becoming a lost art!
So tell me, if you receive a handwritten note, letter or card in the mail, how do you react?
I know that my eyes have been opened!