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Have you ever tried to be bright and original while trying to reply to 400 rather boring letters? No, Not many people have. And that is the theory behind the Instant Business Letters (IBL) disc from Eclipse Software.
The reasoning is that most letters fall into one of a number of categories that can be replied to by a suitable standard letter. As long as you have enough standard letters you should be able to find the right one - or at least modify one that is nearly right - to suit every requirement and save yourself a lot of brain-thrashing and heart-searching.
Nor only does it help with the production of the sort of circulars you would normally produce on a mail merge program it also eases the writing of one-off fetters. IBL is available in forms for LocoScript or LocoMail. The two are much the same, but with LocoMail you can use the 'Fill' command to run the letters off rather than having to edit them.
The other advantage is that anyone who feels a little less than confident about producing snappy business letters should welcome the suggested letters that are aimed at covering virtually every eventuality you are likely to face.
The problem with any list is that you always find a number of letters for eventualities that won't affect you (like the letter that politely declines to speak at the Chamber of Commerce lunch because you are rushing off with your “technical bod" to sort out a major export deal) and there is always one letter that you need that is not there (like one asking why you have never been asked to speak at the Chamber of Commerce lunch).
But given that to be all things to all men is impossible the list of 102 letters should cover most of the common problems you come across in the hurly burly of every day life. For instance you have a suggested letter for cancelling a meeting and another one named "Cancellation of a meeting (fob-off)".
The letters themselves are written in a fresh, economic and unpompous style that should not cause offence although there are one or two little spelling mistakes which suggest that it would still be worth sticking your letters through LocoSpell if you want to look really efficient.