We love that even business execs are recommending pushing away the keyboard and writing a handwritten thank you note as a follow-up to an interview, or as a basic step in building a business relationship: How to Write a Thank You Note That Matters.
In this inc.com blog post, author Rene Shimada Siegel, is surprised how few business professionals take the time to do this simple act. The ones who do, and who can write a note without grammatical errors or misspellings, really stand out. “There is no faster way to create a positive impression,” she says. Especially rare is the note from a business owner or executive. “When the sender is a busy executive, handwritten notes are so remarkable that they easily earn awe and admiration.” Read more.
RealSimple.com has a few tips for all of us note writers out there who may be at a loss for words. No matter how often we sit down with a blank note card, there are times when we just need a few words to get us started. It sure would be nice, we think, to see how someone else does it. Well, here you are, three great examples of how to write the perfect note.
You’ll find examples of a birthday note, a celebratory note, and a note of condolence, along with tips on how to add your own touches to make them more personal, as well as valuable advice on what not to say. We love the practical how to’s, but mostly we just wanted to applaud RealSimple.com for coming out in favor of the handwritten note. There are plenty of believers out there. Are you one?
Read “How to Write the Perfect Note”
While your grad is writing thank you notes, don’t forget to put on the list those who have helped him or her the most. It seems obvious, but this thank you note idea is not one that not occurs to very many people.
How about sending a thank you note to Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa? To one or more of the teachers who inspired you through the years. To a guidance counselor who made sure you graduated with the required credits. To the person who helped you get that summer job to pay for college, or that internship that will get you into grad school? Or to a coach who cheered you on to that athletic scholarship or taught you the meaning of teamwork.
This thank you note idea is not required, of course, nor is it expected. But that’s why it is so special to receive and is usually treasured by the recipient. Aside from the pleasure it brings, it offers a good life lesson for every grad: the gifts we are most thankful for don’t always come in a box. Someday, perhaps, your grad will pass this lesson on to another generation.
When my son graduated from high school last year, I warned him early and often about the fact that he was going to have to write graduation thank you notes. We ordered them with his graduation announcements and address labels, so we had everything we needed on hand early. And when it came time for him to start writing them, I told him I had just one requirement: that he write more than two sentences in each note.
When it comes to graduation thank you note wording, the first two sentences are the easiest. Thank the person for the gift. Tell them how or where you plan to use it, or how much you will enjoy it. The third sentence requires some thought, but is usually the most interesting and meaningful part of the note. I suggested that he try to make a personal connection with the gift-giver, possibly mentioning an experience or memory they shared, or offer a simple thank you for their friendship over the years.
Whenever I leave my house I like to leave a little note behind telling my husband where I went. It doesn’t matter whether I’m going to the gym or the grocery store or for a walk, at the bottom of the note, I always like to add a personal message—thanks for something that he’s done around the house that I really appreciated, or that I can’t wait for our movie night tonight, or just a little smiley face with an ‘I love you.’ Of course, I am usually writing this on the back of an envelope or a receipt, the nearest scrap of paper I can grab, which tends to take away some of the romance. Now I am excited to use our new Notelettes for these kinds of messages. They are perfect to keep around the house for quick little notes to your husband, kids, babysitter, whomever. Or keep them at work to give your notes to coworkers a little personality. Notelettes aren’t meant to be saved for special occasions or important messages. They are meant to be used everyday, when you want your message to be noticed.