Originally Posted on August 29, 2018, Navitor Blog:
Written by Emily Roycraft
We all communicate differently. Some people speak loudly and make big gestures, some people spend their time listening and quietly responding, some people prefer to show charts and graphs, and still other people like to tell a story. Every communication style brings advantages and disadvantages with it—that’s why we’ve created this quiz for you to take a closer look at your communication style.
1. When you listen, what is your most common complaint?
A. People are too dry
B. People don’t give enough detail.
C. People are too emotional
D. People don’t connect on a personal level
2. How do you prefer to format your sales pitch?
A. I go with my gut—it helps to make adjustments on the fly!
B. I look for a logical progression from what I know about my customer to what products I think would best suit their needs.
C. I focus on the task at hand: a quick introduction to the specifics of the product
D. I talk to them about their business first, then connect what I hear to what I can do for them
3. What can you never have too much of?
4. How do you prepare for a presentation?
A. Make an outline, but leave the specifics for the moment
B. Make a list of important facts and figures
C. Make a powerpoint presentation
D. Make a handout for your audience
5. What is your favorite way to reach out to customers?
A. One-on-one conversations
B. Case studies with useful data
C. Tutorials and “how to” guides
D. Networking events or tradeshow booth hosting
Mostly A’s: Intuitive
You’re the kind of person who goes with their gut. You adapt quickly to new situations because you follow where your gut takes you. This can be a great skill to have, but make sure that you’ve spent the time supporting your gut instincts with facts so that you can also connect with more analytically-minded listeners. Speaking of analytical…
Mostly B’s: Analytical
You’re probably the most likely person in the room to have a checklist, chart, or graph at the ready. You love digging deeper into information to really get to know the facts and figures of what you’re talking about. However, it’s important for you to shift course on occasion.
Mostly C’s: Functional
You’re probably the sort of person who prefers that every word pulls its weight. You like for all of your communication to be functional, and that is a great way to express information. However, it can also come across as impersonal, so be sure that you are taking the time to add those personal connections around the functional information.
Mostly D’s: Personal
You’re a classic people person! You thrive on interpersonal relationships and, when communicating with people, you want to get to know them while you’re talking about other things. This is a great way to build rapport, but it makes it easy to miss important informational pieces along the way.
So, what’s your communication style? We’d love to see you join the conversation in the comments below.
Published with permission from Hammermill Paper https://www.hammermill.com
Writing a thank you card is a great way to express your gratitude. While it may be easier to send an email or text message, sending a handwritten card will make more of an impact. Make someone feel special by writing them a handwritten thank you card. Our tips below will help you express your gratitude.
Need a thank you card? Check out our easy-to-print templates here.
Handwrite Your Message
Don’t underestimate the impact a handwritten card can have on someone. The time and effort it takes to write your thank you message in a card is well worth it. The person receiving it will appreciate your effort, and will be more likely to remember your sentiment. If you have bad handwriting, you can always practice writing your message on a scrap sheet of paper before writing it on a thank you card.
Be Sincere and Keep Your Message Simple
Express gratitude in a way that is genuine. Make sure your words convey just how much their kind gesture meant to you. You can explain the reasons why their thoughtfulness made such an impact. If someone gave you a gift, be sure to include what you plan to do with the gift in the message you write.
Be specific on what you’re thanking them for.
A simple “thank you” doesn’t always imply what you are expressing gratitude about. Make sure you also choose the right closing phrase for your card. It may be formal or informal based on the relationship you have with the person. Some more formal and simple options are “Regards”, “Sincerely”, and “Best”. “Warm Regards”,” With Appreciation”, and “Best Wishes” are great options for a slightly less formal tone.
Reiterate Your Thanks
Be sure to thank the person again at the end of your message. It may seem redundant, but closing with a simple “thanks again” or “thank you” can help emphasize your gratitude. You don’t want to over-thank someone either. Express your gratitude in a way that won’t make the person you’re writing feel uncomfortable.
Write It Sooner Rather Than Later
Don’t wait too long to write your thank you cards. There is etiquette on how long is too long. For example, it’s generally accepted that thank you cards for wedding gifts should be sent no later than three months after your honeymoon. For acts of kindness that are more spontaneous, aim for sending it within the first 48 hours. Even if it slipped your mind and it’s six months later, your tardy thank you card will be appreciated.
We hope our tips will help you write your next thank you card. We recommend printing our thank you cards on Hammermill® Premium Color Copy Digital Cover 100LB. printer paper.
Click Here for Price Increase Letters from Manufacturers
The first thing someone might tell you if they hear you complain about paper prices is to go paperless. Unfortunately, that isn’t the answer for everyone, especially in the business world. So, why is paper so expensive and what can you do to mitigate the costs?
What is causing pricing issues?
With the rise of ecommerce, corrugate is more in demand (aka those boxes your online order comes in). Companies are switching their paper making focus to corrugate, which means less supply of regular old paper.
Previous reduction in demand = elimination of many papers AND mill consolidations. Fewer mills = rising paper pulp costs. According to Strategic Sourceror, the price of wood pulp is forecasted to increase at an annualized rate of 5.1% through 2019. Another source, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the Producer Price Index for pulp, paper and allied products has risen from 177.2 to 216.9 in the past year and is NOT expected to slow down. (June 2017 to May 2018)
Inflation & Input Costs
In addition to pulp price increases, chemicals and diesel prices have also gone up significantly. According to International Paper, NBSK Pulp prices were up +37% vs last year in June, Producer Price Index for Chemicals were up +5.6% in Q2 vs LY and diesel Prices are up +28% in June vs LY. Higher input costs means higher output price.
Single stream recycling has resulted in contaminated paper. China used to buy our recycled paper for pulp, but they banned the use of mixed grade waste paper. This means they can’t use it for pulp, and this fact alone drove pulp prices up 40% when it hit last year.
Irma and Harvey resulted in the shutdown of up to 18 pulp and paper mills in the United States. It also led to costly supply chain disruptions such as transportation on railroads, roads and at ports and the cost of wood.
This perfect storm brings up memories of college Econ 101. Supply vs Demand. And now that demand outweighs supply, the mills that are left are in control and can raise their prices to become profitable again. And, if paper brands don’t want to accept the price increases? Well, too bad for them because another brand will and they won't be able to produce their paper (aka all brands are accepting the inevitable).
Ways For YOU To Save Money
If you printed something out that you don’t need, use it as scratch paper!
Print Double Sided
Print double sided to cut your usage in half if you weren’t already doing this. If your printer can’t do this, see below for a great quality printer option from Twist.
Think before you Print
Stop and think if you really need to print something out. Does each person at a meeting need a copy of your presentation, or can you project it/email it out? Does that receipt need to be printed out or can you just screenshot it and archive it in a folder?
Use Quality Printers
Quality printers don’t jam as much. Less paper jams leads to saving money on wasted paper. Other printer features such as printing multiple pages on a single sheet or shrinking website data to one page also help reduce paper usage. Check out this great Brother Printer here that is great for small businesses or contact our team if you would like to find the best printer options for your company’s needs.
Use the Right Type of Paper
Do you need fancy glossy paper for something only you are going to see? Make sure that you are using the right paper for the job. Check out the guide below for choosing the right paper!
Every job has great days and sometimes not so great days. Here are a few tips that may help you relax and love EVERY day more.
Start Each Day With A Motivational Thought
It has been said that your attitude at the start the day can have more affect on you than ten cups of coffee! If that is true, we have to challenge ourselves to begin our days with positive thoughts that prepare us for success.There are a variety of websites and phone apps that deliver daily inspiration to help start each day on the right foot.
Success Thought of the Day
The Daily Motivator
Balance Work & Life
Don't let work keep you from family, friends and the activities that mean the most to you. At the start of the day, determine your "quitting time" and block out a half hour before that to wrapping up unfinished emails and calls.
Keep A Neat Office
It shows you respect your workplace, helps you work more efficiently and impresses your work guests.
Becoming a consistent lunch bringer is no easy task. You might start the day with good intentions, but then a meeting runs late, a coworker grabs you for lunch, or you just didn’t have anything to pack in the first place. Get inspired to start a lunch bringing habit with these 10 easy recipes from Ziploc. No PB&J sandwiches here. Just unique, delicious (and grown-up-approved) ideas.
Skip the line at your local coffee shop and pack your own bento box. Fill a Ziploc® Square container with a mini bagel spread with nut butter, a hard-boiled egg, apple slices, and grapes. Then, toss in white cheddar and gouda sealed in a Ziploc® Snack Bag. The ingredients can be prepped two to three days in advance, making it easy to grab your lunch and go!
Hummus and tapenade, sliced chicken breast, feta, pita, cucumber and red pepper slices, and grapes come together for the perfect light lunch. Cut the pita bread into triangles for an easy finger food style lunch or leave the bread whole for a yummy stuffed sandwich. It's up to you!
Guava Past, Ham, Brie Wrap
A sweet, savory, and irresistible flavor combo. Just roll apricot preserves, guava paste, ham, sliced red plum, and brie inside of a tomato basil tortilla. Tip: skip the ham for a vegetarian option. Full recipe.
Mix up a simple caprese salad, add some prosciutto-wrapped cantaloupe, a few small slices of French bread, and some pistachios
and you’ve got a DIY antipasto box.
Walnut Chicken Salad
The easiest chicken salad you'll ever make. Just mix mayo, crushed walnuts, grapes, and rotisserie chicken, right in a Ziploc bag.. Full Recipe.
Asian Lunch Box
Mix up a restaurant-worthy salad at home. Grab an Asian veggie salad mix from the grocery store and top it with mandarin orange slices, roasted nuts, and crispy noodles. Tip: pair it with leftover potstickers for an easy “Take-Out for Lunch” kind of day. Don’t forget to separate the dressing from your salad to keep the lettuce crispy.
Vegetable Lovers Wrap
Just mix guacamole with chopped bell peppers, shredded carrots, sliced grape tomatoes, black beans, and baby spinach to make an easy veggie wrap. Bring some crackers and fresh fruit in Ziploc® Snack Bags for a complete, healthy lunch!
Mix cream cheese, chopped black olives, green onion and crispy bacon together and spread onto a whole grain tortilla. Then roll and slice into bite-sized portions for an indulgent, satisfying lunch.
Tex Me Cobb Salad
Pack up romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, hard-boiled egg, black beans, corn, creamy cilantro-lime dressing, and tortilla chips in separate Ziploc® containers and bags and assemble the perfect, crisp salad at lunchtime. Tip: use rotisserie chicken for an even easier meal.
Greek Yogurt Mac N Cheese
Try this grown-up version of comfort food the next time you’re craving mac and cheese. Thanks to the Greek yogurt, this recipe packed with protein. Full recipe.
Whether you take a vacation or not, you can still enjoy summer fun at the office: