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    Leaking Pen

    Ever have a pen leak ink all over the place at work?

    Even to throw it away you get more ink all over your hands.

    It sucks.

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    Somebody's got a case of the Mondays.

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320310]Ever have a pen leak ink all over the place at work?

    Even to throw it away you get more ink all over your hands.

    It sucks.[/QUOTE]

    Go paperless, old dude.

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3320317]Go paperless, old dude.[/QUOTE]

    Handwritten Notes: The Most Powerful Follow Up

    Handwritten Notes Are Well Worth the Time

    Those that follow up can not only get the customers/clients that other less conscientious sales people have left behind, but beat competitors in attracting new business.

    To reap the benefits of follow up, though, you have to do it, and have to do it right. It continually astounds me that so few businesses that I am personally aware of can’t seem to be bothered to follow up. My guess is that they are assuming that people will contact them if they’re interested - a faulty assumption that can cost you a lot of business. Customers and/or clients have busy lives and unless there's some special reason not to forget about you, they will.

    What's the best way to follow up? The phone call? The text message? The email? No - none of these. [B]The best way to follow up is still the handwritten note.
    [/B]
    Now don't take that to mean that you should just dash off one handwritten note to a client or customer and your follow up is done. If you are trying to make a sale, chances are good you are going to follow up anywhere from two to seven times (I remember reading that 80 percent of new sales are made after the fifth contact.) And that doesn’t mean that you have to write a handwritten note each time. Phone calls, emails, and even text messages can certainly help keep you and your products and/or services in the forefront of your client or customer's brain.

    [B]But the handwritten note, because of its apparent personal nature, has a power that other follow up techniques lack, so it should be the fulcrum of your follow up efforts.
    [/B]
    [B]Properly done, the handwritten note is a real relationship builder because it says to your client or customer that you have taken the time to recognize them as an individual and that their business is important to you.[/B]

    [B]It's also a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition because so few people bother to follow up at all, let alone follow up in ways that will impress customers.[/B]

    For instance, right now several financial investment firms are courting me. One of them dropped an obviously mass-produced flyer into my mailbox asking me for my business (and a poorly printed flyer at that). He never bothered to follow up.

    Another dropped by the house, introduced himself, and we had a pleasant chat about what my financial investment needs might be. The next day I found a [B]handwritten no[/B]te in my mailbox thanking me for taking the time to talk to him and asking me to let him know if he could be of future service.

    Guess which one of these firms I would choose to do business with? Who wouldn't? The first investment firm may be fine, but the representative of the second firm has impressed me; it's his name that is lodged in my mind.

    Besides being a great way to get prospective new customers and/or clients to think of you favourably, handwritten notes are also a great way to thank people for their patronage. After we got new flooring installed in our house by a local firm, the owner of the business sent us a [B]handwritten note[/B] thanking us for choosing their firm and hoping that we were enjoying the look of our new floors (which we are)! This sort of personalized attention is one reason that I recommend this firm to anyone local.

    [B]Don't be afraid of being old-fashioned; when it comes to follow up, sometimes the old ways are the bes[/B]t. Take the time to write [B]handwritten notes[/B] thanking your customers and/or clients; the time you spend writing them will be well worth it in terms of return business and increased positive word-of-mouth.

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320324]Handwritten Notes: The Most Powerful Follow Up

    Handwritten Notes Are Well Worth the Time

    Those that follow up can not only get the customers/clients that other less conscientious sales people have left behind, but beat competitors in attracting new business.

    To reap the benefits of follow up, though, you have to do it, and have to do it right. It continually astounds me that so few businesses that I am personally aware of can’t seem to be bothered to follow up. My guess is that they are assuming that people will contact them if they’re interested - a faulty assumption that can cost you a lot of business. Customers and/or clients have busy lives and unless there's some special reason not to forget about you, they will.

    What's the best way to follow up? The phone call? The text message? The email? No - none of these. [B]The best way to follow up is still the handwritten note.
    [/B]
    Now don't take that to mean that you should just dash off one handwritten note to a client or customer and your follow up is done. If you are trying to make a sale, chances are good you are going to follow up anywhere from two to seven times (I remember reading that 80 percent of new sales are made after the fifth contact.) And that doesn’t mean that you have to write a handwritten note each time. Phone calls, emails, and even text messages can certainly help keep you and your products and/or services in the forefront of your client or customer's brain.

    [B]But the handwritten note, because of its apparent personal nature, has a power that other follow up techniques lack, so it should be the fulcrum of your follow up efforts.
    [/B]
    [B]Properly done, the handwritten note is a real relationship builder because it says to your client or customer that you have taken the time to recognize them as an individual and that their business is important to you.[/B]

    [B]It's also a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition because so few people bother to follow up at all, let alone follow up in ways that will impress customers.[/B]

    For instance, right now several financial investment firms are courting me. One of them dropped an obviously mass-produced flyer into my mailbox asking me for my business (and a poorly printed flyer at that). He never bothered to follow up.

    Another dropped by the house, introduced himself, and we had a pleasant chat about what my financial investment needs might be. The next day I found a [B]handwritten no[/B]te in my mailbox thanking me for taking the time to talk to him and asking me to let him know if he could be of future service.

    Guess which one of these firms I would choose to do business with? Who wouldn't? The first investment firm may be fine, but the representative of the second firm has impressed me; it's his name that is lodged in my mind.

    Besides being a great way to get prospective new customers and/or clients to think of you favourably, handwritten notes are also a great way to thank people for their patronage. After we got new flooring installed in our house by a local firm, the owner of the business sent us a [B]handwritten note[/B] thanking us for choosing their firm and hoping that we were enjoying the look of our new floors (which we are)! This sort of personalized attention is one reason that I recommend this firm to anyone local.

    [B]Don't be afraid of being old-fashioned; when it comes to follow up, sometimes the old ways are the bes[/B]t. Take the time to write [B]handwritten notes[/B] thanking your customers and/or clients; the time you spend writing them will be well worth it in terms of return business and increased positive word-of-mouth.[/QUOTE]

    If I receive a handwritten note from a guy, I wonder if he is coming on to me.

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3320340]If I receive a handwritten note from a guy, I wonder if he is coming on to me.[/QUOTE]

    Psssst - check your mail:hump:

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3320340]If I receive a handwritten note from a guy, I wonder if he is coming on to me.[/QUOTE]

    "wonder if" or "hope"? :huh:

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320349]"wonder if" or "hope"? :huh:[/QUOTE]

    Alright, you get one

    lol (barely)

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3320356]Alright, you get one

    lol (barely)[/QUOTE]

    [IMG]http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq262/rustybindings/lol.jpg[/IMG]

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320310]Ever have a pen leak ink all over the place at work?

    Even to throw it away you get more ink all over your hands.

    It sucks.[/QUOTE]

    That does suck. How did you handle the situation?

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320367][IMG]http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq262/rustybindings/lol.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    :D

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    [QUOTE=Foley11;3320385]That does suck. How did you handle the situation?[/QUOTE]

    Well, here's a helpul hint, Hand Sanitzer has 62% alcohol, so that cleans ink pretty good!

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    [QUOTE=pauliec;3320313]Somebody's got a case of the Mondays.[/QUOTE]

    It's Tuesday. ;)

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320367][IMG]http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq262/rustybindings/lol.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    The best part is, a fifty something year old dude with ink on his hands and a butane fire raging on his face took the time to do this.:rolleyes:










    :D

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    [QUOTE=32green;3320546]The best part is, a fifty something year old dude with ink on his hands and a butane fire raging on his face took the time to do this.:rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    I am NOT fifty something. :steamin:

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320549]I am NOT fifty something. :steamin:[/QUOTE]

    Oh 49, that's different. Go out and bag some young chicks

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    I thought this thread was about urinary disease. Checking out FlowMax?


    Think about it...you'll get to go on all the greybeard canoe trips you want.

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    [QUOTE=WestCoastOffensive;3320739]I thought this thread was about urinary disease. Checking out FlowMax?


    Think about it...you'll get to go on all the greybeard canoe trips you want.[/QUOTE]

    On a related note, why are the couples in the Cialis ads each shown in a bathtub? For the life of me, I can't figure out the connection between couples in bathtubs and ED.

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    [QUOTE=Borgoguy;3320437]It's Tuesday. ;)[/QUOTE]

    ... dammit!

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3320367][IMG]http://i454.photobucket.com/albums/qq262/rustybindings/lol.jpg[/IMG][/QUOTE]

    I'm giving the FBI about 4 more hours before they're done running this handwriting sample against their database of wanted weirdos!

    (Psst - grab the essentials only, don't use credit cards, you can be at the border before 9PM)

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