In the age of emails, texts and social media, the hand-written note has almost become a lost art – but that’s exactly the reason it can be more impactful now than ever before.
A simple note of “congratulations”, “thinking of you” or “thank you” can do wonders for someone’s mood. In fact, Douglas Conant, former Campbell’s Soup CEO, (who wrote more than 30,000 thank you notes to Campbell’s employees over a 10 year period) cited it as one of the major factors in turning around a struggling company by improving employee morale.
So what do you need to know to draft the perfect personal note? Here are our top tips:
Tip #1 – Make it personal. What exactly are you recognizing? In lieu of a “thanks for all you do” type of message – what can you specifically address to show that you are thankful for this individual’s efforts? Make your recipient feel special about their contribution.
Tip #2 – Take your time. Not just in thinking about your message, but also as you write the card – a neatly written note beats chicken scratching! Also, use a quality pen that won’t bleed or smudge.
Tip #3 – Use quality stationery. A nice quality card vs. a sheet of paper sends a very strong message about the value you place on the interaction and the time you spent thinking about the recipient.
Tip #4 – Send for the unexpected. Milestone moments aren’t the only reason to send a card – thank people for the little things they do every day!
Tip #5 – Be timely. While the saying “better late than never” may be true, “better timely than late” is an even better rule to live by.
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