“Keep a box of thank you notes on your desk. Not in your desk drawer but on your desk where they are visible, so you’ll actually use them.”
Eric Langshur, (a guy who defines the word mensch) and one of our mentors at GiveForward, gave us this little piece of advice once. I can’t tell you how valuable it’s been. While so many of us feel inundated by the massive quantity of email we receive these days, hardly any of us actually get real mail anymore. When we receive a hand-written note in an envelope with a real stamp on it licked by a real human, it’s a bit of a thrill. It makes us smile and makes us remember the person who sent it.
Here’s a challenge: try sending five thank you notes next week and see what happens. Post your results to the comment section of this blog. The first person to comment with their results will get a Chipotle gift card for a delicious Mexican delicacy of your choice (and of course, a hand-written thank you note from yours truly).