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Updated by Elizabeth H Cottrell on Jun 19, 2014
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Top reasons handwritten notes should be an essential part of your business correspondence

In the age of text messages, emails, and cell phones, some would say a personal handwritten note is old fashioned and obsolete, especially for business correspondence. I disagree, and I've listed some top reasons you should be using personal notes in your business correspondence.

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A handwritten note stands out in your mail.

A handwritten note stands out in your mail.

So few people write handwritten notes, so when someone receives one in their mailbox, it will be among the first things they open.

2

A handwritten note reminds someone about you and your business.

A handwritten note reminds someone about you and your business.

Even if your note has nothing to do with business, the recipient will think of you and your business when they read it, especially if your stationery includes business information or if you tuck in a business card.

3

A handwritten note shows you cared enough to take the time to write.

A handwritten note shows you cared enough to take the time to write.

Everyone knows you're busy. When someone receives a personal note from you, they feel special, because they know you had to first think of it, then write it.

4

A handwritten note demonstrates thoughtfulness on your part.

A handwritten note demonstrates thoughtfulness on your part.

Most people don't even think about writing notes, much less get around to it. When you write for any reason, your actions brand you immediately as someone who goes out of their way to make others feel valued.

5

A handwritten note can offer gratitude, sympathy, or encouragement.

A handwritten note can offer gratitude, sympathy, or encouragement.

Important life events happen to everyone in your business world, from your professional associates to your employees and your customers. Taking the time to acknowledge these shows the world that you care. Everyone would rather do business with someone who cares.

6

Gratitude never goes out of style - and neither does a handwritten thank you note.

Gratitude never goes out of style - and neither does a handwritten thank you note.

Never pass up a chance to say "Thank you."
• To a customer for her business
• To a prospect for his time with you
• To an employee for working harder than usual
• To a friend for a referral
• To a vendor for rushing a product your customer needed

7

A handwritten note makes you stand out in your recipient's mind

A handwritten note makes you stand out in your recipient's mind

How many other handwritten notes do you think your recipient will receive in the same day? Your note will ensure that you are noticed, thought of, and remembered warmly.

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It's human nature to enjoy attention, and a handwritten note pays attention to the receiver.

It's human nature to enjoy attention, and a handwritten note pays attention to the receiver.

Whether your note is one of thanks, congratulations, encouragement, or sympathy, it reaches out and touches the recipient, bestowing a special kind of personal attention.

Before you sell, you have to connect

Each of your customers has a choice about where they buy the things you sell. More often than not, they will choose someone with whom they have a meaningful connection ...someone they know, like, and trust. Handwritten notes are powerful connection tools.