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Yesterday at the SoCal Chapter meeting, Lena Rivkin drew the three winning names for 50% off their conference registration. The lucky winners were: Victoria Gray, Morgan Davis, and Irene Levitt. Congratulations. We look forward to seeing you in Oxnard in October. For everyone else, it's not too early to send in your deposit: www.ahafhandwriting.org/conferences
For this 6th day of the challenge, I'm once again writing about how I use handwriting analysis in SOME fashion every day. It's very practical. Today, I sent my pitch letters to the local media, talking about National Handwriting Day on Jan. 23. I send them to radio, TV and newspapers each year, and it usually garners me a couple of interviews. Aside from that, I sent them a link to a story that Indiana State University did about me and some of the handwriting analysis work I have done. It is never dull, and I certainly wished I had learned this skill 20 years ago!
In case anyone is wondering what these numbered days are about, I'm participating in the "Ultimate Blog Challenge", and we are challenged to blog every single day, through the month of January. Unfortunately, I found out about it on the 5th day and began blogging on the 7th. And it seems that this platform only lets you post once a day, then additional posts are shown as "Comments". So it will be awkward to catch up, but I will get it done.
Jan. 2, 2013 - On this day, I thought about what I would do to celebrate "National Handwriting Day" on Jan. 23. (Actually, I usually stretch it into a week). So I sent a note to fellow analyst Sharon Rose, to see if we might partner up for an event on that day. Sadly, she is already overcommitted but agreed we'd do something together later.
I will formulate some letters to send to local TV/radio and newspapers to get some interest in the topic of handwriting. I usually do this every year and get interviews. It's good to keep it in people's minds.
I think I must be out of my mind....I ran across the "Ultimate Blog Challenge" on LinkedIn on Jan. 5, the challenge had already started on Jan. 1. I thought to myself, "Oh, I can do that. I can catch up to make it one post a day, sure." I realized that I could look back on the past 5 days and see where I had used handwriting analysis every single day. But let me add: I have never blogged before. And it seems like most of the folks competing in the challenge have at least a CLUE about what they're doing. Well, that's me....just jump right into the deep end!
What are the characteristics a good handwriting analyst should strive after? Well perhaps one should start with what a good handwriting analyst is not. A handwriting analyst is not someone who tells the future, attains training through reading a book from a bookstore or indulges in ‘over a cup of coffee’ quick ‘readings’ of handwriting for an over eager ‘please analyse my writing’ individual who thrusts a specimen of writing under the nose of the analyst.
The best way to generate interest in graphology is to do comprehensive assessments. Even when you do this with journalists, they still may not share the intensity and personal effect of their experience, prefering to be a bit more light. The following journalist took a different approach, and therefore this piece shows more of what is rightly achieved, potentially, when we analyze handwriting and other projective materials. This is the best kind of publicity for the field.