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The Importance of Writing Thank You Notes

Image courtesy of Jimmy Fallon

Early in my professional career I was privileged to serve as the assistant to the president of a major university in Southern California.  So much of my professional development I owe to this man.  He was caring, disciplined, detailed in all areas of life, demanding, and most of all - thoughtful. 

His thoughtfulness was expressed by his prolific thank you notes and letters.  If there was a gift or letter received, you could bet the farm an acknowledgement was coming.  That example of writing thank you notes and acknowledgements has stuck with me and I have tried - not always succeeding - to do my best in following his example.

Here are five reasons to write thank you notes:

-It allows you to creatively write, in your own hand, a thoughtful sentiment of thanks for a kind word or gift.

-Gives a great reason to have personalized stationery.

-Sending and receiving hand written mail is rare.

-It forces you to slow down and be thoughtful and it is good manners.

-It makes a lasting impression that is rarely forgotten.

I encourage you to stock up on stationery, buy cool stamps and get ready to send some notes to those whom like you enough to express it in a tangible way.  You will not be sorry.

At Port O'Call, we have an excellent social stationery department.


J.D. Hornberger

Mr. Port O'Call


#stationery #thankyounotes

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