The Power of a Personal Note

Andrea Nierenberg The art of writing personal notes is sadly disappearing. A personal note is one of the best ways to connect and re-connect with others. There are several kinds of notes to let people know you're thinking of them.

1. Thank-You Notes are one of the least expensive and most effective networking tools. You can send them to acknowledge:

  • Compliments you receive
  • Gifts given to you
  • Referrals
  • Time and consideration

    2. FYI Notes help you keep in touch at any time. You can send many things, such as clippings or articles. This lets them know that you:

  • Thought of them when you read it
  • Know what they are interested in
  • Care about their business

    3. Congratulations notes are a perfect opportunity to let someone know you are cheering them on. You can give these out on many occasions:

  • Promotions
  • Awards or Honors
  • Anniversaries

    4. Nice Talking to (or, Meeting) You Notes help a person to remember you fondly. You can send these out after several events:

  • Meetings
  • Chance encounters
  • Phone conversations

    The post office reports that only four percent of mail is personal correspondence. This means that now, more than ever, a handwritten envelope will stand out among the piles of bills and advertisements. A note will get someone's attention, let them know you care about them, remind them of you, and, ultimately, strengthen your network to help you succeed.

    Category: Networking
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