National Memo Day
National Memo Day is observed next on Sunday, May 21st, 2023 (171 days from today).
Each year on May 21st, we recognize National Memo Day by sending you a reminder, just in case you forget.
Want to share an important piece of information? Do you make sure that everyone knows about the upcoming meeting? That means you need send a memo to everyone! National Memo Day celebrates something that has been a sacred source of communication within the business world, the memo!
History of National Memo Day
National Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1989 by KMJI Majic Radio. KMJI Majic Radio is broadcasting FM 100.3 and it is located in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the day is to raise awareness about the memos being used by people in businesses. Tracing the origin of the word, it comes from the Latin word 'memorandum', which means "it must be remembered." People have used memos to convey messages and plans of action for centuries. At some point, memos were used to tell people about changes in the laws of a kingdom. And in other times, memos are used to inform soldiers and other service members of next action. Memos also have a reputation for falling into the wrong hands, leading to disastrous results.
In modern times, the mnemonic genre has become synonymous with businesses. Information regarding meetings, policy changes, contracts…is relayed through memos. Such forms of internal communication come in different formats and templates. However, it is common for many memos to begin with 'Memo' as the title followed by the lines 'Subject', 'To' and 'From'. Furthermore, depending on the topic and context of the situation, the main body of the memo will be limited to a few lines or a few pages as only the most important information should be included in the memo. . But it's also important to note that some memos have several pages. For example, a Memorandum of Understanding, also known as a MoU, is a multi-page agreement between two or more companies. The MOU will include roles, goals, and more of each company.
Why we love National Memo Day
- It's a celebration of history
Humans have known how to use memos for a long time. It was thanks to the memos that important changes took place in history. We can monitor and learn a lot from the way memos are composed, sent and received.
- It's a celebration of human evolution
Inventions are continuously being upgraded to supply better services with better experiences. The same is true of memorization. Since its inception, it has had countless formats, templates, and changing genres. The evolution of memoirs shows human creativity and how it has helped in times of change.
- It's a discipline
Writing memos came from the genre of letter writing, which eventually made its way into the business model. Businesses often require a set of rules and regulations to be followed at all costs. Set memo formats and templates that allow discipline.
How to celebrate National Memo Day
To celebrate National Memo Day, it all starts with sending someone a memo! It's really simple. Whether it's in the form of a Post-It note on the fridge, a message in their lunchbox remind them a Doctor's appointment, or an email to your boss remind him to send a memo to his or her friends. Your remaining colleagues make sure you get a memo today! However, all of this might be great, but you may be wondering how to write one?
The format of a memo is very simple. You write “Memo” at the top, followed by to line, from line, Data stream, the Subject line, and then the actual content of the message. Traditionally, you would print a memo and distribute it to stakeholders in your small business. The best ending to a memo is a clear closing act, outlined in the last paragraph. And, be very clear about what you want the reader to know or do after reading the memo, which makes it easy for your reader to respond.
Just like that, you've written your first (or possibly many) memo! You can also try with it, since you are not sending the memo as official. Add what you like, be creative, the whole idea of National Memo Day is to have fun and play with humble memos, and celebrate something really never talked about but affects many aspects of life, every day.
Not sure what type of memo to send? Time to do a little research! You have the Directive memo where the instructions are given. Then there is Status or progress reporting memos, where you report on the status or progress of some project or event. Finally, but by no means conclusive of these types of memos, you have a Field Report or trip memo where you record key information about events that happened in the field or during a trip. So go out and do your research, and choose the type of memo you will use when you go out and submit your memo for National Memo Day!
National Memo Day celebrates all forms of memorization, from Gray Literature to Bench Memory! With the digital age exploding, it can be a really nice change to send someone you knows a physical communication in the form of a memo. They are not only personal but unexpected, and bring light to whoever you send them to (Of course, it all depends on what you write inside of it!).
So go out and celebrate National Memo Day by sending someone, or multiple people you know, a personal and memorable memo!
ObservedNational Memo Day has been observed annually on May 21st.
Friday, May 21st, 2021
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