The Greeting Card Apology
A greeting card is a great alternative to paper for extending a
They've been around for a very long time and their use dates back to the
ancient Chinese and early Egyptians. Cards are among the best ways of
expressing your sentiments, best wishes and, of course, apologies.
Because they're normally sent to provide an added touch to a handwritten
letter, they bring more value and meaning to your apology. Unlike ordinary paper, they
are traditionally sent to express important feelings or to mark special occasions.
Here are some of the benefits to using one in an apology.
||They add a personal touch and show that you care.
||They show the recipient that you made an extra effort
personally selecting an appropriate card as opposed to just grabbing the
closest sheet of paper or firing off an email.
||They are perceived as a mini apology giftsomething that can become a
keepsake and mark a special moment.
||They are ideal for all age groups and personality types because they're
available in so many styles, themes and designs.
||They are a great way to remind a person of the relationship you share
and their pre-written sentiments often
help us transform our emotions into words.
It doesn't take a great deal of time and effort to send someone a note via
email, so receiving a card is more likely to be viewed as special by
the recipient. However, to get a
greeting card to work for you and help to convey a sincere and heartfelt
apology, it's important to show the recipient that some real effort was made to
select the perfect card.
Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a card:
||Choose a card with relevant imagery that somehow relates to you, the recipient, your
relationship or the situation.
||If the card has a pre-written sentiment, make sure that it's
appropriate and not too long, wordy or sappy. (A card that is too sappy can
make your apology seem a little insincere.) You'll need space to add your own personal apology for
the card to be effective. If you can't find the right sentiment then go with a
card that is blank on the inside.
||Don't select a greeting card for the wrong reasons. In other words, don't
choose a card based on price or because it is available. Choose it because it is right
for you and the recipient. A thoughtless choice of cards is not worth the
effort and probably won't get you very far.
It's important to remember that most people enjoy receiving a card. It could
have something to do with how they remind us of good times and special
occasions, or the fact that they help to connect us emotionally to friends and
family. Either way, offering a greeting card as a token gesture along with an
apology can make a big difference in how your apology is received.
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