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HEARTSPOKENCongratulations on your gold book award!


In the hands of author Elizabeth H. Cottrell, the handwritten note is set free from old-fashioned irrelevance to become a superpower tool for connecting with others and nourishing relationships, both personal and professional. Heartspoken: How to Write Notes that Connect, Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire will guide you to uncovering your own unique note-writing voice and give you the confidence to use it. Consider the flipping of a light switch. You can’t see the electricity. You may not even understand how it works. But when power starts flowing through the open wire, it is nothing short of miraculous. She will show you how to find and flip that switch in your own note writing. Grasp this beautiful process, and your writing will become alive, meaningful, and impactful in ways you never thought possible.

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Author Bio

Elizabeth’s circuitous career has taken her from published leprosy researcher to stay-at-home mother, to community activist and leader serving on nonprofit and corporate boards. In 2016, she was elected the first female board chair of First Bank/First National Corporation in its 100+ year history, and she is still one of the few female board chairs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Elizabeth is a freelance writer/editor and blogger at and award-winning author. Above all, she is a connector and encourager whose writing explores the essential connections of the Heartspoken Life. Her expertise and passion for note writing came at just the right time to touch a pandemic world desperately in search of connection. What better way to connect when we’re forced to stay apart physically than to write and send a heartspoken note? Elizabeth is the right person at the right time to help readers find their own heartspoken voice and learn to harness this powerful tool for nurturing their most precious relationships.

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