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More relatively-easy dictation material from our friends at the Pitman Publishing Corporation.
Shorterhand Skills for the Future, Pitman Publishing Corporation, 1974, p 191, 197, and 201-202
I have received your announcement concerning the new membership drive. While I have ordinarily not been particularly interested in increasing the number of our members, I do have one good possibility for membership. However, before I submit his name, I would like to investigate his background briefly so as to make sure that he has the fundamental characteristics of membership in our organization.
I believe that once a man has been certified for membership by a majority of our members, there should be not trouble in getting him elected. I also believe in avoiding problems due to carelessness in the selection of members.
We are forwarding to you all of the data we have received concerning the desirability of establishing an office in this city.
We have found the people to be friendly and interested in your products but we still feel that we do not have enough concrete evidence to support the plan to open a branch of your business here. We think that your best procedure would be to build friendships in this area first, and afterwards, try to set up a small branch in a rented office so as to see how the people will react to your sales campaign. Later on, you can decide whether or not to take a permanent place for your company.
In view of the fact that you are not acquainted with our equipment, we shall endeavor to send to you as promptly as possible a book giving the correct pattern of activities for the best use of our equipment.
It has also occurred to us that you should get some advance information on some of the changes that we are planning in our new equipment.
At the expiration of your present repair contract, we shall be glad to give you our special renewal contract in which you will have the privilege of deducting 10 percent form the cost of the contract if the number of calls for repairs is below our standard.
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