In my house, there was always a rule: when you receive a gift, you can’t play with it, wear it or spend it until you’ve written a note of thanks to the giver.
I tried to instill that in my children, too, each Christmas and birthday giving them a stack of thank-you notes and a sheet of stamps, but their efforts these days are inconsistent. To their generation, it’s so much faster and easier to send a text or an email of thanks, after all.
Unfortunately, writing such notes seems to be a lost art. But still, and especially in business, there’s no substitute for a handwritten thank-you note.
Notes are appropriate in many professional situations. After a job interview. When a business deal closes. For a referral that leads to a new client. When a holiday gift is received.
Taking the time to write your note on business letterhead or a blank thank-you card shows your sincerity and appreciation to someone who has extended a courtesy or done something nice for you. And the recipient of your note will remember you much more fondly than she will someone who didn’t send a note.
Confused about just what to write or how to get started? Check this tip sheet from the people at Hallmark – the experts on the topic of sending greetings.
Just don’t forget to check your spelling, grammar and punctuation. Write a rough draft and have someone you trust look it over if you think you need some help. Don’t undo the good done by your card with bad mechanics.
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