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Just a Note to Say . . .: The Perfect Words for Every Occasion Revised Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0307236654
ISBN-10: 030723665X
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“An invaluable resource for putting pen to paper in a meaningful and remembered way.” —Peggy Post, etiquette expert and author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 17th Edition

“We all owe Florence Isaacs a thank-you note for bringing out this wonderful new edition of Just a Note to Say . . . No matter the circumstance, she gives you the right words, guaranteeing that all your notes will sound genuine and meaningful.” —Antonia van der Meer, editor in chief, Modern Bride and Elegant Bride

“No matter how busy you are, this gem of a book helps you write the perfect note for almost every situation. It’s a time saver—and a great gift idea, too.” —Martin Edelston, President, Bottom Line Publications

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Writing a thoughtful, sincere, and appropriate note can be difficult. This guide helps readers find the right words to mark any milestone or occasion. Regardless of the situation or the relationship, easy-to-follow guidelines lead you to words that matter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Revised edition (October 18, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030723665X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307236654
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ellen Etc. VINE VOICE on April 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
At first I thought this might be too simplistic a guide to social and personal notes, then I found myself getting choked up in the chapter on "Writing Notes for Difficult Moments." The author is straightforward, friendly, and sensible, and she blends sensitivity with emotion in just the right mix, facing illness, AIDS, cancer, and impending death with clarity and compassion. She also gives snappy suggestions for graduation, holiday, and congratulatory notes, and devotes additional attention to writing to children and teenagers. The book gives such heartfelt, meaningful examples of short notes that if you keep a copy on your writing desk you need never be at a loss for words again.
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This book is an invaluable tool to anyone who cherishes the art of letter-writing. It offers sincere and effective ways of addressing a wide variety of situations from thank you notes to letters of sympathy. It has literaly saved me hours of letter writing time!
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Ideas for writing notes - and even letters, can be found in this wonderfully heart-warming book by Florence Isaacs. We are given suggestions on what to write for the Holidays, for cancer and AIDS patients and their families, for condelences, births, etc. Every possible social situation is covered, including all types of religious Holidays. The artwork was designed by Hallmark, the "card people". A very cosy book, just for those cold winter afternoons when you don't know what to say or write in your correspondence.
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I wanted less ideas and more actual words to write in cards. If I have to think it up myself, why do I need a book? I'm already thinking it up myself now. I wanted something more like lists of choices of things to say in cards for each occasion. This book gives a few for each occasion. Not enough, in my opinion.
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Written by a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, there is a new (updated and expanded) volume of this little book informing us on the importance of sending personal notes and giving ideas of how to go about it. "There are certain general guidelines which apply to every occasion." The right words are readily accessible if you know how to find them.

"Good notes are gestures to celebrate, commemorate, and nuture relationships between people. They're about connecting and communicating and saying "I care." Quotations can be used to make a significant statement for the send, but it's important to choose those which suits the occasion or person and reflects you as well. "It's not what you say; it's how you say it." Limit advice. Give it only of it means something and represents wisdom gleaned from your own experience.

"When you write...there is an enormous sense of satisfaction. You feel 'when I write, I speak a whole different language...it's as if a poetic part of me seems to spill out." You don't have to write a lot to say a lot. This communications etiquette expert includes forms to use for sympathy notes, celebrations (consider the occasion) and notes just to say "You touched my life."

We're all human and make mistakes. "A quick, sincere apology can soothe hurt feelings, heal a rift, and strengthen your relationship." Apology is a good device to free the person who offers it, but it must be accepted by the person you may have offended. "It's best to apologize in person, on the phone, or in a note in the mail. But...e-mail is okay." It removes the awkwardness of apologizing, acts as a "buffer" and allows the writer to say exactly what is neeeded without interruption.
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Although the sample notes were very good, they could have incorporated many more samples instead of the How To's and Scenario Set-ups necessitating the Notes.
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however not what I had expected.

Was looking for a simple book that shows examples for the right words with simple expressions without reading first in detail how to write (I know that) but when in a hurry can not think quickly of the right words to keep things short but connected. I was looking for categories like Words of Sympathy, Graduation, Anniversary, Birthday, New Birth , Holidaygreetings and quickly find sample words I was looking for for the appropriate person to send to.

THank you anyhow as I will use this book to give someone who has time to read all the details.
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I received this a high school graduation gift and 10+ years later I use it all the time. It's my go-to for birthdays, celebrations of all kinds, but where it really shines is on awkward situations and negative moments. I pored over it for the death of a friend's loved one, when a friend's mom was diagnosed with cancer, etc. While it doesn't give a million examples, I find the reasoning behind the How-to's more valuable than the examples. Why would I want to copy something verbatim if the point of writing the memo is to be personal and heartfelt. I don't want to plagiarize my feelings...

This is now the book I give everyone who graduates from high school or college. Most people think it's a weird gift, but then I get a thank you from them years later letting me know how much they love it. And it is always well written and heartfelt.. I think the book is working!
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