Looking for Sample Handwritten Notes?
You’ve come to the right place! Frankly, we’ve received so many requests for sample thank you cards that we decided to share some examples and sample letters for some inspiration.
Today’s competitive job market has also reminded us of the importance of stand-out communication. Check out Cindy’s approach to thank you notes after that big job interview.
Three Steps to Stand-Out Communication
Step One: Succeed with Style
Five-star service. In today’s competitive economy, you know it’s more important than ever.
It’s anticipating needs before they’re spoken. It’s seamless problem-solving. It’s delivery with flawless finesse. Above all, it’s adding that unexpected personal touch that delights. And nothing is more personal than a handwritten note.
Since 2005, Writing in Style has been helping individuals communicate with flair and businesses boost their bottom line. Cindy Zimmermann, founder of Writing in Style, shares the secrets of creating standout communication. Whether speaking to groups or one-on-one, Cindy will have you ready to put pen to paper in no time. And have fun doing it.
- Who benefits from handwritten communication
- Where and when to use handwritten notes
- How written communication strengthens your team and business
Get ready to make your mark! Get your pens ready and go to Step 2
Step Two: Get Ready to Stand Out!
Make no mistake. In a world where technology is constantly competing for attention, your clients want to connect.
With the speed of computers, you may wonder if sending a handwritten note will take too much time. Especially if you wonder about your penmanship. What about the right wording and grammar? Or the price for quality stationary and a pen? Those few moments of attentive detail truly set you apart and deliver five-star service.
Creating handwritten notes is easier than you think. It’s cost-effective. It connects you to customers in a way no email or text message ever could. And since it’s unexpected, it makes you stand out.
In the “ABC’s of Successful Writing,” Writing in Style’s Cindy Zimmermann shows you how to build strong customer relationships through handwritten notes. You’ll be inspired while:
- Making powerful business connections
- Promoting your product or service
- Building your grammar confidence
- Expressing your creativity
By the end of this alphabet, you’ll be more than competent. You’ll be confident in your handwritten communication.
Your pen is poised. Now get your paper and move on to Step 3.
Step Three: Practice Makes Perfect
You know the expression, “practice makes perfect.” You may also know that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. Creating a habit starts with training the brain. Intellect is linked to bodily action. Through repetition, practice, and technique, the habit is formed. In time, the behavior becomes automatic.
Habits become more powerful when they’re linked to positive feelings. Taking just a few minutes a day to write a note will result in:
- Expressing yourself with increased confidence
- Feeling more connected to others, increasing your success
- Slowing down and creating strategic communications
Here’s how to make handwritten communication an enjoyable habit:
- Create a peaceful writing space. Keep it simple and uncluttered.
- Consider lighting and location. Write in the same place and at the same time.
- Write with tools that delight the eye. Use textures you love to touch.
Now let’s practice. Using the videos below to help you along the way, for the next 26 days, take a few minutes each day to write a note. Write to someone who wouldn’t expect to hear from you. Then share your stories with Writing in Style. We’ll be looking for your letter in the mail!
The ABC’s of Successful Writing
Sharing is caring. As the “self appointed advocate of the handwritten note”, Cindy Zimmermann is your personal Sherpa, taking you on a handwritten tour of the alphabet; sharing stories, experiences, hints and tips to help you along the way with humor, wit and personal insights.
Make a coffee date with Cindy each day for the next 26 days and her videos will have you laughing and loving the handwritten note as much as she does.
Advantage. Now is the time to take advantage of all the empty mailboxes across America. The clearest predictor of your handwritten note success will be your commitment to a daily habit of writing and mailing your notes. Today, get your pen, paper, stamps, and dictionary in your writing place. Video
Brand. Brand yourself through your handwritten notes. We all have a brand. Quickly–what are the three attributes your close colleagues associate with you? Video
Creativity. Communicate creatively with your customers. Think outside the box. Use your handwritten notes to connect with your customers, employees, and peers. This is your opportunity to connect in a way no one else is. Don’t believe me? How many handwritten notes did you receive today? Video
Doodle. In an era of perceived disconnect, you can doodle your way to communication success. Throughout your day, doodle and draw. This habit will develop your hand-eye coordination and improve your handwriting. Plus, it’s relaxing and relieves stress. Try it! Video
Envelope. It’s your first impression, so work it. Consider every aspect of your envelope to impress your audience. Write your return address first. This gets your hand warmed up for writing. Next, write the address of the recipient. This gets you focused on the person you’re writing to. Video
Fun. Use your handwriting to express the fun side of your personality. No matter your message, it will be better received if it is sent with an air of friendliness and fun. Write your message in various angles on your paper. Did I mention a fountain pen? Now those are fun! Video
Gifts. Handwritten notes are the least expensive, yet most generous, powerful gift you will ever give. Why? Because you are giving the gift of your time. These gifts show you were thinking of the recipient exclusively when you wrote. Many handwritten notes are kept forever. How many e-mails or texts have you kept? Video
Handwriting. Your handwriting. Embrace it. It’s like your smile, your laugh, your hug. People recognize it and treasure it. If it needs to be improved, no worries. A few simple writing exercises will get it polished. But first, embrace it. Heartfelt messages are well-received no matter the penmanship. Video
Impression. Your handwritten notes will make a lasting impression like no other form of communication. They most likely will be read over and over, standing the test of time. Don’t miss this opportunity to impact your customers, clients, and peers. Video
Journal. Daily journaling improves your handwriting and is an extraordinary record of life experiences. Your journal will be your greatest creative resource. A quick glance will prompt creative messages to send. Video
Knowledge. Share your knowledge. Your handwritten notes can become keepsakes. Whether it’s simple words of kindness or the most complex equation, you will endear yourself to the reader. You took the time to share. Video
Luxury. Understated elegance. Handwritten notes are perceived as a thoughtful, luxurious gift. For pennies per note, they are a bargain and offer a 100% return on investment. You can not afford to miss this golden opportunity to elevate your reputation. Video
Mailbox. Empty mailboxes. This visual speaks volumes about the opportunities for you to make powerful connections with your customers, clients, and peers. Simply put, very few people are using this form of communication. Yet everyone still has a mailbox. Make sure your handwritten note arrives in one today. Video
Name. People love to see their name. Insert your reader’s name in your writing. The more times you use their name, the deeper it is imbedded in your message and your own memory. Video
Opened. Handwritten envelopes get opened. This opportunity is second to none. The original nature of your handwriting piques the receiver’s curiosity to open the envelope. Most handwritten envelopes are opened first in a stack of mail. Make it worth their while! Video
Pen. Pens make the difference. The single quickest way to improve your writing is to find the pen that works best for you. When you are comfortable with your pen, it becomes your best friend. The flow of the ink will help you be more creative and inspire you to write. Video
Quality. When you use distinctive materials to craft your handwritten notes, it shows. It’s not just a reflection of who you are. Your message is classy, meaningful and it expresses quality through your creativity. Video
Resolve. Resolve to write. Your personal dedication to sending handwritten notes each day will have tremendous impact on your personal success. Hands down, findings show handwritten notes are respected and valued. Relevant, useful messages are retained and used in decision making. Be sure yours are included. Video
Stationery. Stationery impresses. The paper you write on makes a difference. Choose it wisely. Video
Touch. Though most people don’t think about it, they’ll be holding the stationary you write on, and they’ll be looking at it. You have two more opportunities to make a positive impression. Video
Unique. When you write, your personality shines through in a unique moment in time. You’ve captured a thought, an emotion, and a memory that will never again be repeated. Video
Voice. Each of us has our own unique voice when we write. Use yours to take this opportunity to stand out as no one else can. Video
Writing. Your writing. It’s as individual as you are. And it’s second to none. Video
X. I’m not referring to a mathematic equation, though it could easily be said that your efforts in creating and consistently sending handwritten notes will have a multiplying effect on your successes. You will be more than surprised. You will be delighted. And amazed. Video
Year. Date your writings. You are capturing a specific moment in time. Since today nears the completion of your commitment to your new habit of writing, make sure to have fun! Video
Zodiac. …And speaking of having fun with your writing, try including a zodiac in your writings. Or have your handwriting analyzed. Any way you look at it, it can be fun and games! Celebrate learning your ABC’s of handwritten communication! Video