Relationship Capital with a Card (by Amy Talbot & Ann Webb)
Has this ever happened to you? It’s 8:00pm, you’re sitting at home with your kids and you realize you forgot to buy a birthday card for your best friend out of state. Do you load up the kids and spend a hectic hour at WalMart looking for the perfect card while your kids are wreaking havoc up and down the aisles? I veto that option right away. It’s actually not even an option for my peaceful state of mind. In the past, I would have just sent an e-mail saying I was sorry I missed sending her a card but that I still love her! But, thanks to a great service called SendOutCards I never encounter that situation anymore!
SendOutCards is a web based “keeping in touch” system. With over 15,000 ready made designs you are sure to find the perfect card. For example, the search bar makes it easy to find all cards with a pickle on the front. The system is very intuitive, you simply choose your card, write a personal message, type in the recipient’s address and that’s it. With one click of a button, the system prints, addresses, stamps and mails your card through the US Postal service. And, if you love taking pictures, you can create your own card chalk full of those personal photos. Now, you might be wondering how much this convenient service costs. I mean, the contact manager reminds you of birthdays & anniversaries, lets you create campaigns to specific groups of people, lets you create your own layouts much like Photoshop Elements, it must cost a lot! Well, I’m happy to report that a standard 2 panel card costs as little as 62 cents plus a stamp for wholesale customers, and 98 cents plus a stamp for retail customers. And, with SendOutCards you no longer need to search for stamps, or find the cards you purchased a few weeks ago!
For me, SendOutCards has really helped create a positive change in my life. I’ve always considered myself to be a thoughtful person. But, now, looking back, I realize I was just a person with good intentions that rarely followed through on my promptings to reach out to someone else. Now, I send a heartfelt card to someone every day. If I’m talking to someone on the phone and they are having a bad day, I get off the phone, login to SendOutCards and send that person a beautiful card to cheer her up. My first story using SendOutCards was heartwarming to say the least. I decided I needed to send an old boss that I worked for over 15 years ago a card to thank him for always making me feel that I was valuable. I also included some gourmet brownies. (yes, there is a gift catalog with many wonderful selections to choose from!) About 5 days later, I received a phone call from this man. He is a busy financial planner and well respected in his community. He began the conversation by saying he had received my nice card and gift and that he was overwhelmed by it. I asked him when he received it and he said “Well, I actually received it yesterday but I had to wait a day to get my composure before calling you. I can’t remember ever receiving a card like this.” It was an emotional moment for me as I realized that we really aren’t appreciating each other like we should. We wait until someone is sick or dies before expressing our heartfelt emotions. I’m reminded of a thought I heard last summer. “Most of us wear an invisible sign on our shirts that says ‘appreciate me.’”
Now that I’ve been using SendOutCards for one year, my story book has grown. Some are funny, some are tearful, but all of my recipients have expressed a heartfelt thanks for my kind words. And, now I can say that I am a thoughtful person who acts on her promptings.
By Amy Talbot
Amy said it best with her above blog post, but I wanted to add my own 2 cents here. I have been using SendOut Cards for just a month now and I LOVE IT! To reiterate what Amy said, it’s about Connection and Convenience. I have been too unorganized to send out cards to people. I never have a card when I need one and I always have the wrong stamps (because they just raised the price!). So I gave up on the whole “Reach out and Touch Someone” idea.
Here’s the brutal truth….I have a goal to do a good deed every day. (Yes, it’s in my Lifevision). It makes the world a better place and it helps me feel good about myself while at the same time making someone’s day. There are days when it’s really easy to find something meaningful to do. And then there’s the days the slip by and I wonder how I made a difference. Those are the days that I get on my computer and think of a friend, business associate, or even just an acquaintance that I can make a difference for…just by appreciating them.
As far as increasing my Relationship Capital….it’s been a home-run! I even get cards from people appreciating my cards! Ha! (I think that’s funny!)
So if you’re wanting to improve or build your relationships, feel more gratitude, or do a good turn daily….take a look at this. If you’re interested in sending cards, using this as a business tool (I do) or even as an additional revenue stream, please talk to me/email me or just go to this link: https://www.sendoutcards.com/annwebb
What’s your experience with SendOut Cards?