The Power of the “Thank You” Card
I make it a goal for myself to send at least one “Thank You” card a week. It doesn’t matter if it’s something as simple as a nice tweet or LinkedIn recommendation; saying “thank you” on a personal level is important and more effective than saying it electronically.
Think about it: How many personal letters do you receive in a week? Most of time, I receive coupons, newspapers, advertisements, or, my favorite, bills. When you see that envelope that has a handwritten name an address, doesn’t it get your blood flowing a bit? Don’t you feel loved?
Now, think about our electronic communication. We say nice things to each other every day. “Thanks for the retweet!” “Thanks for forwarding that email!” This takes minimal effort: a couple of finger strokes, at best.
Think about all the times you really wanted to say “thank you” and mean it. A common problem is always time, but when you make something a habit, it becomes a priority. Make this task a priority. Keep business cards so that you have addresses for people you know. Buy “thank you” cards and stamps and put them in your work bag.
Now that you have the materials, make a list of nice things that people did for you this week or even this month. Do they deserve a “thank you” card? If you think so, then send a personal note. A “thank you” card is appreciated even when it’s late.
No matter the occasion, a “thank you” is always powerful. Take the time to give it a personal touch!
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