Episode 43 Show Notes
The Psychology behind the power of a handwritten note (mirage.com blog)
The Time Investment
- The act of taking the time to write a note, in one's own handwriting, symbolizes the care and attention the sender has for the receiver, making the message more impactful.
- Michal, mosaic, asked for a photo, special spot 25th anniversary, FRAME (would have been nice), MOSAIC (prized possessions)
- Sends the message, “You were worth taking the time to do this”
The Tangibility and Permanence of Handwritten Notes
- Unlike digital notes that can easily get lost in the sea of electronic files and folders, handwritten notes have a physical presence.
- They can be touched, held, and kept, allowing the recipient to revisit the emotions and memories associated with the note.
- Thanksgiving Thank You cards and other notes, next to desks years later
- This tangibility and permanence add another layer to the allure of handwritten notes.
The Unique, Personal Touch
- Handwriting is as unique as a fingerprint, reflecting the individual personality of the writer.
- Our world is becoming less personal every day. Call and you want to talk to a human…. Wal-mart self checkout 5 stars, Automation,
- When we receive a handwritten note, we're not only reading the message but also experiencing a part of the sender's persona.
- This personal touch, filled with unique handwriting styles and quirks, can elicit a more emotional response, making the message more memorable.
The Slow Nature of Handwriting
- In an era where speed is celebrated, handwriting forces us to slow down and focus on the present. (Pushing send too quickly)
- The slow nature of handwriting allows for more thoughtful and intentional communication.
- It gives us the time to carefully consider our words, fostering a deeper understanding and better articulation of our thoughts.
The Emotional Weight of Handwritten Notes
- There's an undeniable emotional weight to handwritten notes.
- Whether it's a birthday card, a thank you note, or a letter of condolence, handwritten messages carry a sense of sincerity and effort that digital messages often lack.
The Message It Sends
- Teachers and staff want assurance that their leaders care about them.
- They want to know that you appreciate them for what they do and who they are.
- Further, your teachers want to see that their leaders are sympathetic to their circumstances.
- Strengthening employee morale
- Increased motivation because hard work is noticed and acknowledged
- heightening productivity
- improved connection
- Better relationships
- helping to retain team members who will feel more appreciated—all of which can lead to reduced recruiting and training costs.
Your employees will want to be led by you
- Studies found that leaders who express appreciation are more influential, respected, and happier.
In a Glassdoor survey, 81% of employees said they would work harder for a grateful boss.
How do I do this?
What do I write?
- Be sincere
- Speak from your heart, drawing on your empathy and compassion
- and do so concisely
- BE SPECIFIC
- BE SPECIFIC
- Live the quote (Forget what you said, did, How you made them feel)
- “DO A FEELINGS TRANSPLANT”
- How will this make them feel? Intentional encouragement
Call to Action
- Write three handwritten notes in the next week.
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