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(This originally appeared in the Connections column of the June 2008 issue of TAAR, The Anderson Agency Report.)
Surety Bond Insurance MarylandWriting the monthly “Connections” column appears to be much easier than it is! After all, how much energy can it take to string five or six hundred words together? Well, the difficulty comes in the topic, not the words. After so many years of writing Connections, I often wonder what else there is to say.
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Today is a good example. It is a Sunday afternoon and this column was due on Friday. Sitting down at the computer, it seemed that everything already had been covered and I was at a loss for anything to write about. As I’m not into masochistic behavior, I grabbed a cup of coffee and say outside on a wonderful spring afternoon in the Ozarks.
Surety Bonds MichiganAs I watched an eagle soaring overhead, I found myself thinking about this symbol of our great nation.
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Those thoughts quickly gave way to images of our country’s beginnings, which were recently rekindled by the cable television series about John Adams, who ironically happens to be my ancestor. I thought of how such diverse and opinionated personalities were able to resolve differences and create one of the greatest nations in history. Note that a key factor throughout this entire historical drama was the power of the pen and the art of writing.
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Those thoughts took me to my favorite exhibit in the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. A small case contains a series of handwritten letters from President Reagan to Soviet President Gorbachev. They weren’t about politics, they were written conversations between two men. The letters often began with questions about the health of Gorbachev’s family and personal anecdotes about the Reagans. Those intimate letters helped end the Cold War and provide a foundation for the future.
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The power of the pen has exponentially risen in proportion to the increasing techno-focus of today’s society.
I recently had the opportunity to present a daylong workshop for the Kansas Young Agents Association. I talked about the power of handwritten notes and letters in opening doors and nurturing relationships. About a week later, I received a handwritten thank you note from one of the attendees. Ironically, this attendee (Richard Gray of Chris-Leef General Agency) was the only one of my generation in attendance, other than me. I haven’t heard a word from the 30-somethings that were there.
One of the most powerful letters I have ever received came from our veterinarian about 15 years ago. I still keep and treasure the letter. After much soul-searching, we sought out his services to euthanize our pet dog. He had met our every expectation for handling this difficult decision with understanding and empathy. Yet, several days later we received a two-page, handwritten letter from the doctor. He acknowledged the value that “Mac” had brought to our lives, talked about the home we had provided for him and confirmed the fact that we had made the right decision. He then went on to offer his heart and his ear if we needed to talk about anything related to our grief. I have never experienced that level of compassion and human connectivity from a human medical provider or any other professional service provider.
As a young man selling automobiles in an Oldsmobile dealership, I still remember my most effective marketing campaign. Olds had a special Cutlass pricing promotion where a $3,682 sticker Cutlass was selling for $3,288. Using names and addresses from the service department files, I began handwriting and addressing 20 postcards per day. The message was simple: “Imagine an Oldsmobile for only $3,288!” I then signed the postcard, which also contained our dealership name, address and phone number. None of the other sales people did anything like that. For the next three months, I was the top salesman at the dealership – despite my inexperience and youth.