Last week I received an unexpected and flattering hand-written note in the mail to my home from another Atlanta entrepreneur. It was touching.
He could have said the same things by email or told me them in person. In fact, he has said nice things to me before over email and in person. He’s genuinely nice.
But he chose to even take it a step further and send that hand-written note. In addition to being impressed by the hand-written note, two other things stood out to me:
- It arrived on a little card that carried his company name. It was clearly a card he had ordered for the specific purpose of sending hand-written notes. I thought to myself that he must have a habit of writing nice notes. That’s impressive.
- The compliment in the note was sincere and substantive. He quoted something I had said verbatim and said how it had been meaningful to him. It wasn’t a fake I-wanna-be-nice-so-you-do-something-for-me type of letter.
I’m going to buy a stack of that stationary myself now and start sending notes. I’m inspired. Now I just need to learn his trick to finding people’s addresses!
On occasion, I have received other hand-written notes from service providers or other professionals. I always enjoy receiving them, especially when they are sincere. It’s part of doing things that don’t scale.
Do you ever send hand-written notes? What are your thoughts on hand-written notes?