Phew — I just finished writing my thank you notes to a few people who went way out of their way at Blogger Social. Now I just need to address them and off they go.
I come from a long line of thank you note writers.
The rule was straightforward and simple when I was growing up. Within 3 days of Christmas, we had to sit down and write our than you notes. Because my birthday is 4 days before Christmas, I got doubly slammed. We’d come down for breakfast and there would be a list of who we needed to thank, some note cards, and a pen.
There was no wiggle room and believe me, I knew there was no debate. A generation later, my daughter suffers this same fate.
When was the last time you got a handwritten note from someone? How did it make you feel? Last week, I got a note from Valeria Maltoni. In my response to her, I said…"It’s such a rare art today — the handwritten note. I think it honors both the receiver and the sender and as always, I appreciate your thoughtfulness."
There’s a grace in handwriting a note. It transmits how much you value the other person.
When was the last time you sent a client a handwritten note? What do you think would happen to your relationships with your clients if you carved out enough time to write one thank you note a week, until you had written to all your clients?
Is it worth ten minutes a week to find out?
(If you need to get a note out in a hurry — try Send Out Cards. It’s a very viable alternative.)