It won’t take you much time, it won’t cost you a lot of money, but the long term impact will surprise you. I started writing handwritten “thank you” notes several years ago, and it has been truly amazing the impact this has made. I look for opportunities to write these notes. It totally catches the receipt ends off guard. To take time out of your schedule to write a “thank you” is not wasted time, but time well spent.
Handwritten vs. Electronic Messaging
I realize that this can bring about a debate. So before you jump to conclusions hear me out. When it comes to digital and electronic I’m all in. Email, text message, direct message via social media does have its perks, however there is a personal touch that is lost in electronic messaging. I use electronic messaging for communicating quickly and efficiently. It is great to receive an email or text from someone telling me “thank you” for something, and I definitely appreciate those very kind messages. There is just something about going to the post office or to the mailbox in front of the house and receiving a handwritten card.
I remember as a kid growing up in the 1980’s writing letters to grandma or grandpa, and then several weeks later receiving a response from them. I was always excited to receive “snail mail” as we call it today in 2017! I still have several handwritten letters from my grandparents, parents, and friends that I have kept down through the years. When I read those handwritten notes, letters, and in several instances instructions from my late Grandpa Kitchell on how to put together a model train layout so many wonderful memories flood my mind.
The Power of a Handwritten Note
Recently I attended a pastors Stewardship/Leadership conference. One of the speakers that spoke gave away a copy of her new book to those of us with a premium experience package. I tried to find an opportunity for her to sign my copy of her book, but it just didn’t happen. I left the conference and didn’t think any more about it. Just over a week ago our church treasurer was leaving the office for the day, and noticed a package at the outside door. She brought it in and placed it on my desk and asked if I was expecting a package. I told her that I wasn’t expecting anything. So the package sat on my desk for the next little while until I finished what I was working on at the time. I looked at the package and noticed the address was from the company that had hosted the stewardship/leadership conference I had attended. When I opened the package there was a copy of the speakers book I had wanted to get signed. This book I received was personally addressed to me by the author and personally signed by her. Along with the book was a handwritten envelope addressed to me with a note inside from an individual inside the host organization. The note simply stated that this individual had seen my request to get my book signed at the conference. It went on to say that they didn’t know if I was able to get it signed, so in case I didn’t get it signed here was a signed copy of the book compliments of the author and conference host. That simple act of kindness and someone willing to go the extra mile has caused me to tell many people that story, and now put it in this blog post that thousands will read.
You never know how a simple handwritten “thank you” note or handwritten note of encouragement could impact not just the individual to whom you wrote the note, but potentially hundreds if not thousands of people. Start looking for opportunities to make an impact in someone’s life with this simple yet powerful tool!