I can't tell you how thrilled I was to read about thank you notes in The Last Lecture!
I am a strong proponent of handwritten thank you notes. They show respect and thoughtfulness. When you take the time to put pen to paper you are telling the recipient that they matter. And who wouldn't want to feel they have value?
Unfortunately, with the advent of email, handwritten notes have become almost extinct. It is a lost art. You would do yourself a favor by taking it on as a business practice.
I write handwritten notes to people I meet at networking events. These notes are always appreciated.
Those people who know me well know that I always encourage my clients to write notes, on notecards; to handwrite the address and put a real stamp on the envelope.
Yes, it matters.