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Thank-you note countdown: 4-3-2-1

Ask a group of people how many of them like to write thank-you notes and you will see a few hands hesitantly go up in the air.  Ask the same group, how many like to receive thank-you notes, and you’ll find a sea of waving hands.

Consistently, the comments from those who are not so quick on the draw when it comes to putting the pen to the paper are:

  • I don’t have time
  • I don’t know what to say
  • My handwriting is bad
  • …and the list goes on

Try breaking down the note writing process into these 4 easy steps:

Thank-you notes in 4-3-2-1:

4 – minutes.  It only takes, on average, 4 minutes to write a thank-you note.  That’s no time at all!!!  Keep some note cards handy in your brief case or handbag, for the next time you find yourself with a few extra minutes.

3 – lines. In addition to the Salutation and Signature, you really only need (at a minimum) 3, sincerely written, lines to communicate your appreciation.

  • Line 1, Thank the person for the gift (naming the gift).
  • Line 2, Talk about how much you appreciate the gift and/or how you plan to use it.  If you are not ‘in love’ with the gift, no need to fret, just focus on being grateful for the thought/gesture.
  • Line 3, ‘Wrap it up’, thanking them again, telling them how much you appreciate their friendship, or how much you look forward to seeing them again.

2 – days. I know, I know, technically more time is completely acceptable; but anything past 2 days and what are the real chances of getting the note into the mail.

1 – real stamp.  There is something special about receiving a personalized note in the mail, hey – it’s not a bill!!!   And there is something nostalgic about a real postage stamp.  When you run it through the postage meter, it just looses a little bit of that ‘special touch’.

We all know the importance of a thank-you note… Look at writing a note as an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face and make their day, not as a chore in the midst of yours.

4 – minutes

3 – lines

2 – days

1 – real stamp

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