The hand written thank you note is one of the greatest and one of the most powerful ways to connect with people. I have always valued the thank you card when I received one.
If you attend a conference or a panel talk. Send a thank you to the speakers if you have their contact information. I have created my own thank you card with my logo. My information, printed very small is on the back. Thank them for their time and knowledge they shared. Most of the time speakers at conferences may be comped their hotel and air fair to be there. Mention something that struck you about what they talked about. Do not use the thank you to sell them on you. The thank you is to show gratitude. I never expect anything back but, amd very surprised when I receive a LinkedIn request or an email.
Thanks Anna for this article.