Optimistic Writing Enhances Personal and Professional Ties
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words from his poem, “Write it on Your Heart,” is as timely now as it was when it was written 150 years ago. How can we use positive, heartfelt writing to lift up others through personal correspondence and professional writing? Below are three ways to achieve better communications to cross the bridge from anxiety to confidence.
Connect Heartfelt Concern to the Reader Early in the Writing
Whether keying a business letter or writing original wedding vows, make contact with the reader with memorable prose. Make sure that the greeting – or salutation – in the letter is friendly instead of static. Prefer the familiar over the rigidity of formal writing, especially if someone has encouraged a friendly relationship in business. A simple way to accomplish this act is to use the person’s first name. “Dear Emily,” is much more pleasant to the reader than, “Ms. Smith:”. In personal correspondence, be even more touching with the opening. For example, “To My Sweet Daughter, Elizabeth,” rather than “Liz,”. The well-worded salutation adds depth to a letter.
Keep the Momentum Building
In his book, “The Four Agreements”, author Don Miguel Ruiz states that the first rule or agreement to follow is “Be Impeccable with Your Words”. He goes on to write: “Just imagine what you can create with impeccability of the word….you can transcend the dream of fear and have a different life.” And you can pass that on to others. When honesty is the primary concern in the writing, then the results of any correspondence builds upon integrity and creates confidence.
Closing with Dignity
When ending a letter – or something as simple as an email to a loved one – be mindful of the closing. Creating ambience counts here. These are the final words of a written piece that will linger. If the predictable, “I look forward to your reply,” followed by “Sincerely,” is dropped, a formal requirement is met. How much more timely to add a personal touch, “Looking forward to having coffee with you after our meeting next week,” adds warmth to a professional letter. A nod to a childhood remembrance, “With love to Mom’s favorite son,” increases tenderness, playfulness, and commitment to the bonds that family and friends share.
Putting It All Together
Keeping a consistent positive stance while writing personal and professional correspondence increases the feel-good nature of the relationship between the sender and the reader. Isn’t that what good writing is always meant to do?
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