The Power of a Handwritten Note

The Power of a Handwritten Note

Thank You!With the advances in technology, it’s amazing how impersonal communication has gotten. You can email, SMS, tweet, IM, send an e-card, write on a person’s Facebook wall – all without the benefit of personal communication.

With those technological advances comes other advances that has improved the personal touch – you can Skype and FaceTime with people thousands of miles away.

But one old school method of communication that seems to be going the way of the DoDo bird is the art of the handwritten note. I don’t know about you, but my typing is a lot better than my penmanship, but that doesn’t stop me from writing the handwritten correspondence. Granted, I don’t do it all the time, but I do send the notes as warranted by occasion.

I mentioned in my “Under Promise, Over Deliver” post about how an online company wrote a brief handwritten thank you on the invoice and how impressive I thought that was. Writing any sort of correspondence by hand is going to get noticed by the recipient, especially when they’re bombarded day in and day out by digital correspondence. Imagine their surprise and joy when they receive something that’s handwritten and personalized to them.

Here are some great situations for handwritten notes:

  • Thank You Notes
  • Invitations
  • Personal Introductions
  • Cover Letters
  • Greeting Cards

Can you imagine if you’ve interviewed for a job and it was down to you and another candidate. All things being equal, you took the time to write a thank you note, the other candidate did nothing. Who do you think will get the job? What about sending a quick thank you to a customer? Or (gasp!) sending an actual greeting card to someone with a personalized handwritten note inside. Can you say “wow”?

Taking a few minutes to send something personalized and handwritten carries a lot of weight with the recipient and reflects positively on the sender. Be sure to use quality stationery and take your time. Find the time to do this and the modest time investment will pay off in spades.

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