A vendor I do business with recently told me how much a thank you note I’d sent two years ago had meant to her. In fact, she told me she thinks about that note nearly every time we talk or exchange emails. Wow, really? I couldn’t help but wonder why it had made such an impression. So, I asked her.
Expressing thanks can help build rapport and make your future interactions with someone both more memorable and rewarding. In business, this can be especially helpful.
So, inspired by my vendor, I thought I’d share a few tips for making a “Thank you” as meaningful as possible.
An added benefit of the written thank you note is that when you do send one, people are more likely to remember you. Sadly, people rarely send them anymore.
I’m a huge believer in saying thank you for each generosity I encounter. Why?
- I believe even the smallest kindness or helpful act deserves my acknowledgement and gratitude.
- It makes me feel good.
- It makes the other person feel seen, heard, and valued.
- “Thank you” is reinforcing, whereby the person receiving thanks is more likely to continue to contribute their goodness to the world.
- It strengthens my relationships with colleagues, clients, friends, family — anyone with whom I interact.
So, thank you. Yes, you — the one reading this.Thanks for taking the time to consider what I have to say. Thanks for being curious enough to open the email Mandel sent you or to visit our blog. No doubt, people are vying for your attention all the time. You probably have more things to do in a day than time to do them. You didn’t have to read this, but you did. And I appreciate it.
To those of you celebrating, I hope you have a joyous, relaxing, delectable day with the people who are most special to you. To those of you who are not celebrating, wherever you may be and whatever you do, I hope you, too, feel valued and appreciated for who you are and for the contributions you make to the world around you.
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