After you know the right people, who those people are, and have taken the time to listen to them, you can then easily transition to being understood. The key to being understood is to clearly and concisely convey what you are interested in doing.
Nowadays, a handwritten note is so rare and precious that it often sits on the desk and gets read and re-read a dozen times before it eventually gets put in the shoebox, forever and ever. There is something so deeply human and beautiful about seeing another person's handwriting.
Yesterday I walked out to our mailbox and found not one Christmas card. It's not that our family has suddenly become unpopular, but that old-fashioned, handwritten cards are a ghost of the Christmas past.