Post-it Power!

post it notesAs a motivational speaker I run a busy office and, like many people, get LOTS of junk mail. I remember once getting a particular printed advertisement that caught my attention.  I don't normally read what looks like junk mail, but I did read this one. The reason I took the time to really look at it was because on the front of the page of the flyer there was a yellow Post-it note with the hand-written message, “This is really great!”  And it was signed “Rachel.”

Get this: I don’t know anyone named Rachel, but I read the advertisement because, well, Rachel told me to.

I’m not alone.  When volunteers were asked to fill out a survey, they were not only more inclined to do so, but gave more in-depth answers – if it was accompanied by a handwritten Post-it note on the front page, according to a study that appeared in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.

So, if you need a quick response from a co-worker or a boss, make certain to attach a sticky note.  By the way – just hand writing your note on the cover page was NOT as effective! 

Hmmmm. I wonder if I put a Post-it-note on that toilet seat that keeps getting left up…

Linda Larsen, wife, mother, motivational speaker, idea seeker…


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. Linda, when I read this study years ago I became a true postaholic!! Great info for anyone, and I especially encourage those in sales to take note! And, I believe everybody's in sales. Thanks for highlighting an incredible technique and truth.

  2. That is so funny!  I got one of those post-it notes too from a name of someone I've never met!  Wow, what will innovative, creative people think of next?

  3. The post-it has worked it's magic on me more than once.  They might even be a great personal reminder to "drink water in the a.m.", "walk after dinner", etc. with your own signature.  A loving reminder to yourself!  I thank you, motivational speaker friend of mine, for giving me a great idea for my topic of motivational speaking; health and fitness!

  4. Very cool! First time I have ever head this. I'm going to try it! 

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