The Value of a Hand-Written Note
There is something special and exciting about receiving a letter in the mail. Think about how effort, time, and even money, it takes to write a hand-written letter. This is a multi-step process in which you have to sit down, think about what to say, actually write something (it takes longer than you think), address the letter, stamp and seal it, and then go to the post office to mail it. Although sending an email or a text message is much easier and convenient, it is less personal and almost mindless. There is much more value and meaning in a handwritten, well-crafted letter, that can take you far in both your personal and professional relationships.
Here are some of the best occasions to send a hand-written note:
As a thank you
- Show appreciation and gratitude to a friend, colleague, business or client letting them know that the good deed or kind gesture did not go unnoticed.
After an interview
- Although you should first send a quick, follow-up thank you email (so they see it right away), your hand-written note will make you stand out more from other candidates.
After an informational meeting or session
- Did you find that individual’s time worthwhile and informative? Tell them about how their time made a difference to you. It can also help you maintain a professional relationship with that person.
To recognize or congratulate
- Let someone know how proud of them you are. You won’t regret it and they’ll appreciate it.
For a birthday
- Birthdays are not only momentous occasions, but also reminders of how many people in this world care about us. Make someone’s day by wishing them a happy birthday, it’ll remind them that you are thankful to have them in your life.
On a special occasion or holiday
- Holidays such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Memorial Day (and many more!) are great excuses to tell someone how much they mean to you and how you are thinking of them on this special day.
As a condolence
- If someone is going through a difficult experience, let them know that you’re thinking of them and you’re there for them.
Hand-written words are very personal, show you care, and are more everlasting than an email. Next time you find yourself thinking of someone, for whatever reason, send them a letter and show them you care – you never know what lasting impact it could have on them.