As I wrote the first note, I realized that typing has inflicted on me a condition that I will refer to as "atrocious penmanship disorder." My hand shook as I tried to write a simple message of thanks. The letters were inconsistent in size and shape ... so much so that I feared the recipient would take one look and laugh! I had childhood memories of writing with ease, almost as though the pen just floated over the paper. Not now. I have allowed myself to become a "not writing" weakling. How could my handwriting be so pathetic? The answer is simple - lack of practice!
To my surprise, recipients of my pathetic notes were impressed, grateful and even moved by my gesture. A hand written, personalized note is prized as a gift from the heart. Fellow Toastmasters, our focus on communication must not stop at verbal skills, it should include written skills as well. I encourage you, grab a piece of paper and a pen. Find a flat surface. Practice writing words, letters, punctuation - don't worry about ahs, uhms or run-on sentences. Just practice! Use your hand muscles. Flex your brain muscles and practice spelling without the use of a spell checker.
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