The Simple Trick for Getting People to Do What You Ask

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Sometimes it takes science to prove something that seems obvious: You can’t ignore a sticky note. That was the conclusion of a recent study titled “Post-It Note Persuasion,” by behavioural scientist Randy Garner at Sam Houston State University in Texas.

Garner asked 150 university faculty members to fill out a survey, delivering each survey with one of the following: (a) a cover letter with a handwritten Post-it note requesting their help, (b) a cover letter with the note written directly onto it or (c) just the cover letter.

The results were commanding: 76% of the people who received the Post-It Notes completed the task, compared to 48% of those who’s note was written onto the cover letter and 36% of those who received no note.

If you want something done, put a note on it.


Have you tried this? Does it actually work? Let us know by commenting below.

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