Like most people, I am constantly interrupted throughout the day - emails, phone calls, instant messages, and meetings - and I move from task to task without a lot of time to stop and reflect. However, when I receive mail that's not an ad or a bill, I slow down for a minute to open it and actually read (not just skim) the message. I truly appreciate it when someone takes the time to write a personal, handwritten thank you note. And I'm not the only one - in a recent interview The Office's Steve Carell shared his thoughts about handwritten notes:
"Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly....Getting an e-mail is fine, and it's thoughtful and nice, but receiving something that took that amount of care - it's an art, I think, and a lost art."
Source: Boston Magazine
So next time you're introduced to someone new or meet with a prospect or client, take five minutes to write a thank you note. Keeping it brief is perfectly fine - just be sure to personalize it with 1-2 specifics to make it meaningful, then slap on a stamp and stick it in the mailbox. It may be just what you need to set yourself apart from the competition!
A good tip I received from an experienced sales rep: If you're often on the road, it might be worth keeping some note cards, pre-stamped envelopes and a pen in your car so you can mail them while you're on the go.
Do you take the time to mail thank you notes to your clients and prospects? Is it an effective way to leave a good an impression?