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Seems like everyone these days believes writing letters is a lost art. True, letter writing for the most part has given way to occasional jotted notes in a greeting card or email-style letter sent to a fellow computer user. Then, of course, mass-produced annual letters mailed to friends and relatives each holiday season still exist, although in fewer numbers all the time.

But a real letter? The kind that's thoughtfully written--by hand or on a computer--with only one recipient in mind? A rarity.

What have we lost as a society, as individuals, by allowing this not-so-fleeting form of highly personal communication to drift away?

This week's guest is Lynette Smith, author of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special. She'll explain why your heartfelt letters of appreciation will help you establish, enhance, or even rebuild your relationships and in that way CHANGE YOUR WORLD.


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Motivation with a Purpose: Lynette Smith

Lynette M. Smith is professional copy editor and author of How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special. She talks about what makes a handwritten letter so special, and offers tips on how to write a memorable letter.
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Lynette M. Smith
Lynette M. Smith is a professional freelance copyeditor with over 30 years’ experience. Five years ago, at her son Byron’s wedding-rehearsal dinner, he presented Lynette and her husband with a framed, heartfelt letter of appreciation; it was so much better and more long lasting than any purchased gift would have been. Inspired by his original gesture, last year Lynette wrote and published the award-winning comprehensive reference book, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special, providing guidance in writing 150 distinct kinds of personal and professional letters of appreciation. Her book has won four book awards and has garnered consistent 5-star reviews on Amazon, five of which were written by Top Amazon Reviewers. Peggy Post, director of The Emily Post Institute, wrote the foreword, which begins, “You are holding an extraordinary book,” and then explains why. Lynette thinks of her book as a KEY to UNLOCK better relationships, and it plays an important role in her life’s purpose—what she calls her Big, Achievable Goal: to get millions of people worldwide to write heartfelt letters of appreciation so they can establish, enhance, and even rebuild their relationships and in that way change their world.

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