Category Archives: Writing/How To Write letters, notes,articles, email, books

Great Quotations: On Artists and What Artists Do

What You Say If You’re An Artist by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. If you think of yourself as an artist, here’s a thoughtful quote from an article written by Charles Rosen for The New York Review of Books: “Conventions are the … Continue reading

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Sample Note Of Thanks From A Child

How To Write a Thank-you Note or Letter by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. This week I received a thank-you note from a 12-year-old boy named Spencer that could serve as a template for any message of appreciation. Spencer wrote to thank … Continue reading

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How To Say No To An Invitation Politely: Example

What You Say When You Want To Decline An Invitation Because of a Previous Commitment Dear_________, Thank you ever so much for your invitation to (describe invitation). I am grateful that you included me (us) among your guests for this … Continue reading

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Apology Letter (or email) For Forgetting

What You Say If You Forget A Birthday Or Other Important Occasion I found an excellent sample letter in L.Sue Baugh’s Handbook for Practical Letter Writing. We have included it here, with some  modifications of my own. Here are words to … Continue reading

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When Not To Send A Letter Or Email

Advice About Not Writing Letters And Emails by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Whatyousay.com advises you never to send a letter or email when *…you’re really, really angry You will regret it later if you do. Oh, I know the feeling.  You’re … Continue reading

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How To Introduce A Speaker: A Sample Introduction

What You Say If You Introduce A Professional Speaker by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Advice for Public Speakers If you do a lot of public speaking, you need a pre-written introduction.  You really do.  It’s  hazardous to leave your introductions to … Continue reading

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Sample Letter From Lincoln: How To Say No

How To Say No To Someone You Respect: How Lincoln Did It by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Background In November of 1860, when word reached the Deep South that Abraham Lincoln had been elected President, there was outrage and calls for secession. … Continue reading

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How To Write: Don’t Be Wordy

When Less Is More: Write With Fewer Words by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Avoid unnecessary words and phrases. To give you a sense of the basic idea, here’s a short list of wordy phrases that are often used in letters and … Continue reading

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“Personal” Messages Win Friends

Why and How You Should Write Personal Messages by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. The famous historian Mel Kranzberg told me that he made it a habit to write 10 personal letters every day that he was in his office. That’s right, … Continue reading

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Great Quotation on Habit

Good News and Bad News About Habits by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Sometimes less is more, and that certainly is true of today’s great quote. It’s a short one, but it contains a giant truth. The good news is, if you … Continue reading

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