The Lost Art Of The Hand Written Thank You Note

I’m really not sure why any of us get excited about going to get our mail every day.   Even though we know that ultimately the mail will deliver us three pieces of mail that are bills, five different types of non-sensical catalogues we didn’t order, and one incredible bulky Val-Pak stuffed with coupons, we still never get tired of the intrigue of opening up mail.   Even the halfhearted effort of companies that send us birthday cards unsigned still doesn’t seem to be able to break our spirit around the excitement of getting the mail.     Every once in a while when the sun shines bright and the weather is oh so perfect, it comes to our amazement that somebody today actually sends us a hand-written note and there it is; our day is made.

For more than twenty years now, I have never stopped sending hand written thank you notes. Notes that have a personalized message so somebody on the other end actually knew that you took the time to really say thanks.   Not some text that says ‘congrats!’ or ‘awesome!’ or ‘way to go’, but a truly heartfelt note that expresses the gratitude of saying thanks for something you really appreciated from the person on the other end.    In this 24 hours a day 7 days a week where we are all hard wired, being able to unplug for a minute or two to ready a hand written thank you will mean more than you ever know in a countless number a ways.

So, do you really want to get ahead in your career?   Do you want to bring in more customers and have them refer you more new customers?  Do you want to move from the second interview to the third interview the next time you are looking for a job?  Do you want to become a more credible and likable figure in your community.   One simple but not easy to execute strategy is to simply start writing hand written thank you notes every single day because your competition is either too lazy or unwilling to carry out this five or ten minute task on a consistent basis.

How do I know this?  It’s easy to explain.  Since I opened my new business six years ago, I write somewhere in the vicinity of 25 to 30 hand written cards every single week.    Routinely, I get responses from younger and older people alike actually thanking me for sending the card.   That’s weird, isn’t it?  Thanking me for sending the thank you card?   It’s not weird at all.   Thank you notes are such a lost art in the digital world we are in today, that human beings crave to be touched with some non-electronic sentiment so they know that there are other human beings who care out there in this world.

Well . . . I do care.   And I’m sharing this with you because if you start implementing this even just a few times a week, you’ll change the results you’ve been getting and you’ll make other people’s lives better.  . . . Thank You:)

Written by: Ted Jenkin
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Ted Jenkin @ Your Smart Money Moves


My friends and family all think I’m a workaholic, but I say I’m just a guy that loves to help people do better in life.

My mother is still the only one that calls me by my real name Theodore Michael, my wife calls me Teddy, but for the rest of you it is just plain old Ted.

Ever since I was a little kid, I always loved money and being an entrepreneur. In fact, I still have cassette tapes of me talking to my grandmother at the age of five and my mother tells me all the time how much I played with money as a kid...

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Ted Jenkin is a frequent guest columnist for the Wall Street Journal and Headline News Weekend Express. He is the co-CEO of oXYGen Financial. You can follow him on LinkedIn @ or on Twitter @tedjenkin.

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