Is a handwritten note the next best thing to saying it in person?

Meet Conrad Manning!

Conrad Manning, the Founder of Conrad Manning Racing, has been sailing since the year 2000. As a professional sailor, Conrad is focusing on solo and shorthanded sailing in his mission is to get more kids into engineering through education and sailing around the world.

On top of all that, he understands the power of the pen and often uses handwritten notes to approach sponsors.

We recently sat down with Conrad and discussed all things handwritten:

If you could write a letter to anyone in the world, who would it be and what would you say?
I imagine most people would say someone influential and I would too, but of course my parents would be first. I’d tell them how much I am grateful for all the hard work, support and belief in me that they have shown.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get back up!”

Who’s your business, career or creative inspiration?
A mixture: Richard Branson and Alex Thomson

What’s the most old-fashioned thing you do?
I keep all the letters written to me and have a notebook where I put all my scribbles. Does wearing a tweed jacket count too?

If you had time to write thousands of notes, how would you use this to change the world?
If I had all the time in the world I would get to know the key players in each community so that each can share their own stories amongst each other to better the relationships at ground level. Once the relationships have been built, then it will be possible for the world to be a more understanding place, a world without hate, as there will always be conflict.

What kind of letters/notes do you keep?
Hand-written ones: to remind me of how much effort each person has gone to writing them. Uni notes: you never know when they might come in handy!

What was the last thing you hand-wrote?
A letter to a friend, to show him that I genuinely thought about him at that moment instead of sitting at a computer and firing an email away quickly.

As we continue to be overwhelmed by texts, emails and online notifications, in your own opinion – why is it so important to keep writing or receiving things by hand in real ink?
It slows things down and shows you’re more than the words you are saying… It’s simply the next best thing to calling/meeting someone and gives you/them memories that they can cherish instead of having thousands of emails just stacked away in folders.

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Twitter: @racingcm

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