Over the holiday break I had the opportunity to visit by phone with a Twitter acquaintance, Lisa Fields. We talked about all kinds of things and learned more about one another than 140 characters could ever allow. Perhaps the most important thing I learned about Lisa is that she’s someone I’d like to keep up with.
Then a few days later I received a handwritten follow-up note.
This was remarkable because I interact with lots of people on a weekly basis and receive very few handwritten notes. There was once a time when my mailbox was plugged with correspondence. In the era before electronic social tools, the written thank you note was how I cultivated relationships. I was fastidious with my follow-up. I still have 2-3 different types of stationary in the bottom drawer of my desk (formal, informal, etc – my wardrobe).
It’s now exceptional when I receive a note. And exceptional things catch my attention. Lisa’s note wasn’t necessarily remarkable in what it said as much as what it represented and how it was delivered.
There’s a lot of dialog about what we can do to stand out above the escalating noise of our new social channels. How can we make an impression that separates us?
A handwritten note is an option.
More than ever, the few minutes of extra time taken to scribble your ideas may send a unique message unachievable in the background of social chatter.